Citrus County Affordable Housing Committee to meet in July

The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 15, at 5:00pm, at the Citrus County Resource Center, in the café, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, Florida.

Any person desiring further information regarding this meeting may contact Citrus County Housing Services, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520.

Roadwork to begin on N. Citrus Springs Blvd.

Resurfacing of N. Citrus Springs Blvd. from US41 to Withlacoochee Trail (CR 39) is scheduled to be begin June 29, 2020.

Work should be completed in 100 calendar days, not including the upcoming holidays.

The contractor for the work is Pave-Rite, Inc. at a project cost of $970,546.58. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is funding 75% of this project through the Small County Outreach Program (SCOP).

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Citrus County rolls out one-day watering schedule for all unincorporated areas

Citrus County has enacted mandatory irrigation restrictions effective immediately, in response to increased irrigation demands that resulted in groundwater withdrawals exceeding Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) permitted amounts.

The new watering schedule is necessary to bring water use into permit compliance and avoid regulatory penalties.

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County provides $70,000 local match for Colonnade Park Apartments project

Tammy Harris, Housing Services Director, John Edstrom, Rehab Specialist and Michelle Alford Housing Coordinator, conduct an on-site inspection and walk-through of the Coon Thursday, June 11, 2020.)

Citrus County Housing Services (CCHS) Division provided a $70,000 local match using State Housing Initiative Program (SHIP) funds for the Colonnade Park affordable housing development in Inverness on Colonnade Street.

The development consists of 106, one-and two-bedroom units, and is slated for completion by the end of 2020.

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Virtual information meeting for Suncoast Parkway Cardinal Interchange planning

BOCC SealCitrus County Growth Management Department has created a virtual Information Meeting for the Suncoast Parkway 2 Cardinal Interchange available at www.citrusbocc.com, located on the homepage under Recent News or at Youtube https://youtu.be/TdhkyHnuYms.

The virtual meeting is a narrated PowerPoint presentation by Assistant County Administrator Steve Lachnicht and Growth Management Director Michael Sherman, AICP.

The presentation includes instructions for public input.

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Time to end state of emergency in county

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

State of Emergencies are for emergencies, not convenience.

Recently President Trump made a passing statement about the possibility of using disinfectants and his comments sounded like he suggested that we ingest them.

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Derelict vessel removed from Floral City waterway

FFWCC Officer Nicole Muina and Anna Warrick, Medium Equipment Operator for the Citrus County Road Maintenance Division work together to remove vessel from the Floral City Pool of the Tsala Apopka Chain-of-Lake on May 7, 2020.)

Thanks to the efforts of Citrus County Aquatics Director Mark Edwards, and staff, an identified derelict vessel was removed from a local waterway on May 7, 2020.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC) requested the County’s assistance in the removal of a derelict vessel that was located in the Floral City Pool of the Tsala Apopka Chain-of-Lakes.

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Should we create a taskforce to forge a path forward?

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, District 3

The role of government is never really as clear as people think, the proof is in the various ways governments have dealt with the Covid-19 virus internationally, in the US, in each state and even at the local levels.

Some countries have locked their people indoors, literally welding the doors shut, like they did in China.

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Region’s jobless rate climbs to 5.5%

Impact of COVID-19 just beginning

OCALA, Fla. (April 17, 2020) – The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region was 5.5 percent in March, up 1.6 percent over the month and 1.3 percent higher than the region’s rate a year ago. There were 11,208 unemployed, an increase of 3,252 jobless since February.

The labor force was 203,214, up 1,943 over the year, largely fueled by a spike in unemployment. There were 192,006 employed, a decrease of 857 compared to March 2019 when the region’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, and a drop of 3,597 over the month.

The Ocala/Marion County metropolitan statistical area posted the fastest annual job growth rate in manufacturing, at 4.4 percent, compared to all metro areas in the state.

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