CCSO names interim emergency management head

Emergency management change
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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Detectives investigate body found near intersection

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On Tuesday morning, the body of 29-year-old Dustin Arthur Chandler was discovered near the intersection of West Pine Ridge Boulevard and North Amarillo Drive.

Citrus County deputies responded and secured the scene upon their arrival.

Major Crimes Detectives and Crime Scene Specialists arrived and immediately began working the area to gather vital evidence and conduct interviews. The Medical Examiner was called to the scene and is assisting with this case.

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FWC revises permitting guidelines for threatened gopher tortoise

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today approved revisions to the Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines. 

The revisions include clarifications and updates to data, permitting and mitigation requirements.

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Hernando drug search warrant nets 2 arrests

Some of the evidence seized in Hernando following a drug search  warrant served on a home there (PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on July 22, 2020)

Two Hernando residents were arrested on Wednesday after the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Impact Unit (TIU) executed a search warrant at 7168 N. Whippoorwill Terrace in Hernando.

Tammy Jo Bryant
Ronald Alfred Mesick

Detectives arrested the homeowner, 31-year-old Ronald Mesick Jr., as well as the home’s other resident, 50-year-old Tammy Bryant. During their search of the house, detectives located fentanyl, methamphetamine, cannabis, a 9mm pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun.

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FWC approves stone crab regulation changes; effective Oct. 1

Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission logoAt its July meeting, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to recreational and commercial stone crab regulations.

Florida’s stone crab fishery has experienced a long-term decline in harvest and is likely undergoing overfishing.

FWC staff worked with stakeholders on these changes that are intended to increase the stone crab population and build resiliency in the fishery.

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Reminder to participate in community survey

Citrus County has joined the AARP network of Age-Friendly Communities.

The purpose of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities program is to serve as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote, and recognize improvements that make cities, towns and counties more supportive not only of their older residents, but for residents of all ages.

One of the first requirements of network membership is to have our citizens complete a Community Survey.

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Never Stop Believin’ Journey Tribute concert rescheduled to 2021

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Citrus County Parks and Recreation has rescheduled the upcoming Never Stop Believin’ concert, “A Tribute to Journey” from August 28, 2020 to Friday, June 18, 2021.

The Division is taking extra precautions to put on an even greater show next year and accommodate a bigger crowd at Citrus Springs Community Center. Per usual, the doors will open at 6:00 pm and the band will go on at 7:00 pm.

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CARES Act funding available for qualifying small businesses

To stimulate the local economy, Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded Citrus County $6,528,498 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds.

The Citrus County CARES Small Business Grant Program, approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on July 14, will provide recovery grants of $7,500 to eligible small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID‐19 Pandemic.

The intent of the grant is to offset the temporary loss of revenue and assist these businesses in their efforts to recover in the aftermath of this historic global pandemic.

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Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection raises funds for Animal Services X-Ray machine

Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) is raising community awareness and funds to purchase a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine to help Citrus County Animal Services and Care Center (CCAS) better serve the medical needs of the animals that move through the Care Center.

Currently, CCAS sends animals off-site for needed x-rays, which takes staff time, stresses the animals and can delay care for the most critical of patients.

In the past year, approximately 40 patients were sent off-site for x-rays totally over $20,000 spent for these diagnostics. The Care Center veterinarian has to choose which animals are the highest priority to receive x-rays when taking into consideration budget and time to receive care.

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