Alexander Park receives donation for basket ball courts’ renovation

FROM LEFT: Terrance Hollis, Matthew Vieux, Devonte White, Robert Simmons, Cortney Sawyer, Citrus County Parks and Recreation Director Francine Noble, BOCC Chairman Brian Coleman and Denzel Alexander.(PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on Aug. 25, 2020).

On Aug. 25, at the Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) meeting, Dr. Devonte White, who was born and raised in Inverness, and now resides in Texas, presented his proposal to renovate the basketball courts at Alexander Park.

The BOCC voted unanimously to accept his generous Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation, Inc. grant donation of $10,000, along with a $2,000 donation from the local community and support the renovations to the basketball courts.

“I wanted to renovate my childhood basketball court in order to keep the kids in the neighborhood off the streets and on the court,” said Devonte in a post on Twitter when he began working on the project.

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Cardinal Suncoast Interchange public workshop looks at development plan

The Citrus County Commission held a pubic workshop to discuss a proposed future master development plan for Cardinal Street, a road which has historically been a seven-mile, two-lane road in Homosassa, Fla.

The Cardinal interchange is part of an extension of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) of the Suncoast Parkway from Brooksville.

The street is proposed to be morphed into mixed use (both commercial and residential). Future developers would then be limited to parcel sizes of no less than 30 acres for any commercial use.

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CCSO names interim emergency management head

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Chris Evan has been named  Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Evan to the position of Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

Finalized by a vote of members of the BOCC, Director Evan was nominated to take over the role upon Captain David DeCarlo’s retirement on Aug . 7, 2020.

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County receives award for its budget

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Florida is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

In order to receive the budget award, the county had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.

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Local woman seeks 5G moratorium

The controversy over 5G’s implementation has reached Citrus County.

On Tuesday, a woman called “Miss Beatrice” spoke to county commissioners about the health effects of the 5G communications network coming soon to a town near you.

Below is a video of the woman’s presentation, and the responses of the officials.

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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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