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 The latest update for the extension of Suncoast Parkway 3 to continue north from SR44 up through Citrus County to parallel I-75 north past Jacksonville has been put on the back burner. FDOT will be concentrating on relieving traffic on I-75 by widening I-75 and making other improvements.      
     
   Info on current activities of the Task Force

   
The Suncoast Parkway and all related 
projects are very important for our county and community groups to maintain updates. This area will hold all links to 
assist you. 

T
he Ocala StarBanner
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 FDOT
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News Flash:


Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp filed a federal lawsuit to stop

 the Suncoast Parkway! (June 11, 2018)
            
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he Florida Channel has agreed with FDOT to
videotape all remaining I-75 Relief Task Force
meetings. FDOT is also negotiating for live-
streaming the remaining Task Force meetings. 
TUNE IN http://thefloridachannel.org/, and learn 
about this process that threatens our Florida. 

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  County Offices Closed in Observance of the 4th of July Holiday


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Florida Department of Transportation advises of night lane closures on US 19 Suncoast Blvd

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League of Women Voters of Citrus County

Natural Resources Update for Newsletter June, 2018

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Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization to Hold Public Meeting and Hearing

     The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting/hearing on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, John Law Ayers Commission Chambers, Room 160, Brooksville, Florida. 

Approximately ten days prior to the hearing, the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:
http://hernandocountyfl.iqm2. com/citizens/ and/or www.hernandocitrusmpo.us.
Items on the agenda include:

· FY 2019 – FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – Public Hearing for Adoption
· Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendment to include Performance Measures
· Bikeways and Trails Funding Allocation
· Bikeways and Trails Master Plan – Final Update
· Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund Joint Participation Agreement for Hernando County and Citrus County FY 2018/2019
· Florida Department of Transportation Certification
· Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) SR 50 Project Presentation
· Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Coastal Connector Presentation
· Fort Island Trail Multi-Use Path Feasibility Study Presentation

The public is encouraged to attend. Any questions concerning this public meeting/hearing should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone 352-754-4082, extension 28013 or email mpo@hernandocitrusmpo.us.

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Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in June

 

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Violation of” 2014’s Water and Land Legacy Amendment, also known as Amendment 1. 

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Classic Film Series. The films are shown every Sunday at 3PM and the second Friday Night of the month at 7:30PM.

 

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Notice of CR 491 Temporary Lane Closures for Roadway Construction throughout Summer

Roadway construction along CR 491 from Laurel Street to SR 44 is scheduled to be performed and lane closures / flagging operations are expected daily through summer. 

Lane closures / flagging operations are schedule to begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 through Monday, August 1, 2018. Lane closures / flagging operations are scheduled from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. One lane will be provided through the work zone during the construction period. 
Motorists are advised to use caution while in the construction area.

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A General Election in Citrus County is Novemer 6th, 2018!
Be sure your voting cards are up to date...
  

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Citrus County Receives State Economic Development Grant

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Services Available to You as a Citizen of Citrus County - Community Forum

 

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Monsanto, BASF, and EPA Make Dicamba a Restricted-Use Pesticide—What That Means


 

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BROOKSVILLE — A last-minute lawsuit may put the brakes on the long-awaited extension of the Suncoast Parkway north into Citrus County. Construction was slated to begin early next year.
At a Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization meeting last week, city and county officials talked about a push at the state level to move the project ahead even faster. A ground-breaking ceremony was in the works.
But like other steps in the process of building the toll road extension known as Suncoast Parkway 2, within days of that discussion, another shoe dropped.
On Dec. 15, the Friends of Etna Turpentine Camp, Inc., filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over documents it says the agency has failed to provide to the public. The documents support the permit allowing construction of the roadway.
The Etna Turpentine Camp was built in the early 1900s. It was a slave camp where convicts and African Americans were paid only with credits for use at the company store. The camp produced turpentine used primarily in shipbuilding, and the town had more than 50 buildings. The Parkway extension is slated to go through the land where the camp was located.
The Friends group sought the records to determine whether the agency took a hard enough look at the construction impacts on the historic area, "especially when the permit involves destruction of an archaeological site listed on the National Historic Register,’’ according to a news release announcing the legal action.
The Friends group has been seeking documents under the Freedom of Information Act since August, according to the release.
"Etna Turpentine Camp is federally designated as a national treasure that is contracted to be destroyed forever, and we are being denied access to documents supporting the decision to do so," said Friends president Robert Roscow. "If we wait any longer for these documents, the die will be cast, and we will permanently lose a critical piece of our past without public review.
"The public has a right to know how the Fish and Wildlife Service came to its decision and whether that decision was arbitrary and capricious."
Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offered no comment on the legal filing by the Tampa Bay Times deadline.
Roscow is one of a group of citizens who have fought the Parkway extension. In 2004, he was successful in a lawsuit against the Florida Department of Transportation after the agency refused to grant access to public meetings about the Parkway or disclose details of those meetings.
It’s unclear how the legal action will impact the start of road construction, but the state’s Turnpike Enterprise last month awarded a $135 million contract for the project to Lane Construction of Cheshire, Connecticut,. The 13-mile, four-lane toll road will stretch north from the current terminus at U.S. 98 to State Road 44 in Lecanto.
The project includes the construction of 15 bridges and the extension of the Suncoast Trail, according to a press release by the contractor. Construction is expected to take about four years.
During last week’s discussion by the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Hernando County Commissioner John Allocco said the state has pushed to move up the road extension, especially in light of what happened during Hurricane Irma in September.
Residents evacuating from south of Hernando and Citrus counties crowded onto the Suncoast Parkway. When they reached the end of the road at U.S. 98, they landed on Citrus County collector roads, turning highways such as U.S. 19 into slow-moving ribbons of traffic backed up for miles.
Citrus officials have long looked forward to having the Suncoast Parkway come into Citrus County because of the economic development it might bring. They also are eager to see the roadway eventually move beyond Citrus County borders.
Inverness City Council member Cabot McBride said there had been talk of routing the parkway all the way to Jacksonville.
"At one time that was a big deal, but now it has kind of faded,’’ he said.
In recent months, state road officials have begun a new study to examine routing the parkway to U.S. 301 near Ocala. More details are not yet available, according to Dennis Dix, executive director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
"I just think it’s so important that we give relief to I-75’’ somewhere north of Ocala, McBride said. "Otherwise we are shooting ourselves in the foot big time, and that’s just stupid.’’
Nick Nicholson, a Hernando County commissioner who served on a task force trying to relieve Interstate 75 crowding, said the group was thwarted when officials in Alachua County said they didn’t want a major road routed through their area.
"We essentially wasted six months of our time,’’ Nicholson said.
Contact Barbara Behrendt at bbehrendt@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1434.

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 Why We're For Water

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Citizens group represents county


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Suncoast Parkway’s new role: ‘Coastal Connector’ (Public meeting information in left column, middle of this page)
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Citrus County Animal Services in need of donations for new program

 

Citrus County Animal Services will be launching a behavior enrichment program which will help decrease the stress of a shelter environment on our furry guests. Shelter enrichment programs help to reduce the stress and boredom of shelter life.  With shelter animals, behaviors such as hyper-arousal, depression, and obsessive/compulsive behaviors are not uncommon when enrichment is not present. Dogs and puppies may display behaviors that make adoptions more challenging simply because they are not given the opportunity to chew, be mentally engaged, or interact calmly with humans. This is especially true for canines that arrive at the shelter with behavior challenges. Research has proven that mental health goes hand in hand with physical health. For example, stress is the #1 cause for upper respiratory infections in cats which creates a vicious cycle that can lead to bigger issues. All shelter animals benefit from enrichment programs. Therefore, we are requesting donations of the following items:

  • Martingale dog collars of all sizes
  • Spray bottles
  • Non-alcoholic extracts like vanilla, lavender, coconut
  • 1 ½ to 2 inch diameter 20 or 40 PVC pipe cut 12-16 inches long, female slip by male thread cap for one end and female cap for other end.
  • Temptation Cat treats
  • Interactive and food puzzle cat toys
  • Cat toys
  • Clickers for training
  • Nylabone Galileo
  • Bubbles
  • Bubble machine
  • Goughnuts (all sizes and types) http://www.goughnuts.com/ 
  • 4ft and 6ft long and 1 inch wide Standard Clip leashes
  • Natural balance beef, chicken or lamb food roll
  • Pupperoni
  • Empty boxes (no tape or staples – shoe box size up to 16inches x18inches)
  • Empty toilet paper rolls/paper towel rolls
  • CD player (5)
  • Calming music for dogs and cats CDs
  • Tug toys (no plush or stuffed toys)
  • Knucklebones
  • Bully Sticks
  • Black XL Kongs
  • Interactive puzzle toys for dogs
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Deep large Muffin baking pans
  • Blue, Red, and black Dry Erase Markers
  • Ziploc sandwich bags
  • Working Freezer (1)
  • Carabiners heavy duty
  • Chain
  • Medium size metal bowls
  • Catnip
  • Cat laser lights
  • Cat scratchers (large and small) and/or turbo scratchers
  • All plastic handheld scrub brushes
  • Tomahawk Feral Cat Den Item # TMHK116
  • Jolly balls (10 inch) and Jolly Eggs (12 inch)
  • Pink, Blue, Green, Red, Yellow, and Orange Colored Printer paper
  • 8x11 Laminating sheets
  • Buster Food Cubes or Kong Wobblers (Large and Small)
  • Plush squeaker toys

We are excited to be launching this new program for our shelter animals and if you can help in some small way it would be greatly appreciated. Questions about any of the items we are requesting should be directed to Colleen Yarbrough via email atColleen.yarbrough@citrusbocc.com or (352)-746-8408

                     

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