Our mission is to protect our 
environment and natural resources, thereby preserving quality of life in Citrus County.

We do this by monitoring local government, researching issues 
and disseminating relevant information through our  members and delegates. We are all citizen volunteers.
Government Affairs Meetings
10a.m. on the 4th Monday of each month held at the Cadence Bank on CR491 in Beverly Hills
Contact: Tom Mize- Chair: 


Also see our very colorful and
informative Facebook page.
It contains some different information also.**

 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. 

  • What: Florida Turnpike Enterprise open house on “coastal connector”
  • When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12
  • Where: College of Central Florida, Lecanto
  • On the Web: www.coastalconnector.com (Note: as of Tuesday, the website was not yet active)

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or  mwright@chronicleonline.com.


  More information about upcoming

meetings will be available on the project
website at 
ww.i75relief.com Please direct
any questions or comments to Hui Wei Shen,
FDOT Project Manager, by phone at
(850) 414-4911, or by email at  Huiwei.Shen@dot.state.fl.us. 


The 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.  

  Suncoast 2 Opposition Seeking Funding

Suncoast 2 is planned to be a 4 lane (approved or lanes) toll road from the Hernando/Citrus county line northto SR 44 in Citrus County. No one is sure, except maybe FDOT, where Suncoast 2 will go after SR 44. It could go north to Norvel Bryant (CR486) or terminate at 44, sending traffic east through Inverness to I-75 or to US 41 to go to points north towards Ocala and Gainesville or to a very crowded US 19 in the center of Crystal River. The public has been left in the dark about this mysterious route.
The projected traffic on Suncoast 2 to SR 44 is woefully small much like the north section of the existing Suncoast. 

It is noteworthy that many years after completion of the Suncoast Parkway the road does not generate enough in tolls to pay for itself. Extending the road into Citrus County will not produce enough revenue to pay for the bonds. Yet the state is willing to spend $257 million on this 13 mile stretch into Citrus County. Governor Scott put $150 M into the budget for it but won't say why or where it is coming from.
One can only speculate about the intent and feasibility as no studies have been done to assess the impact of ending at 44 or going “somewhere north” and not to US 19 as was the original plan.
The I-75 task force concluded that improvements to I-75 should be the first priority. 
A non-profit has been formed to stop Suncoast 2 until the northern route is known and all stakeholders have been empowered. The name is: Friends of ETNA Turpentine Camp. We are seeking donations for legal help. Donations can be sent to Friends of ETNA Turpentine Camp, PO Box 75, Floral City, Florida 34436. Below is a link to articles from the Dec/Jan edition of the Suncoast Standard that gives information on ETNA and the history
of the proposed road. 
The Task Force did not approve as first on its list the construction of this new road west of I-75 but put it last. Its first choice was to improve I-75 and also promote traffic taking alternate routes west of I-75, specifically SR 44 from I-75 in Wildwood to this new SC 2 segment ending at SR 44 in the middle of Citrus County. Governor Scott for unknown reasons put in last year's budget $150 M to make this road go. Total cost for the road is $257 M or over 1/4 of a BILLION DOLLARS to go where? There is no approval from the Task Force to build any further in the near future. 
We do know it will destroy the Etna Turpentine Camp that is on the National Register and actually was a town up until 1926 and part of the main industry then in Citrus County and in Florida. It's a lost part of history as they used leased convict labor comprised mainly of African-Americans arrested by local sheriffs on trumped up minor charges and forced to work in horrible conditions and be whipped if they did not make their quota. We know also that it will destroy 700 acres of the Withlacoochee State Forest which it traverses for 7 miles. The SC 2 also runs in its entirety over the Brooksville Ridge which is the main recharge area for the first magnitude coastal springs that are home to the manatees of world fame. SWFWMD actually in its infinite wisdom approved the road for being eight lane and allows them to use closed depressions for drainage ponds. The Floridan Aquifer in Citrus County has 
no confining clay layer to speak of and these depressions are indicators of fractures and conduits in the karst geology of the Brooksville Ridge. So where does road pollution and spills go? Right to the springs!!! I learned all this from SWFWMD's own research which they refused to follow as the directors now are all yes men to Governor Scott just like all the other water boards. Scott's $150 M could be better spent on the Everglades projects. It's a lot 
of money!!! People don't seem to get that. This is not pocket change. And for a 13 mile road in a county with just 140,000 residents with the second highest poverty rate in the state and a population 1/3rd of which is over 65. What's the purpose here, Governor Scott? So please consider supporting our efforts to stop this totally useless expenditure of tax dollars. (statement received from Robert Roscow)


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13th Annual Healthy Living Fair


Join Citrus County Support Services on Friday, November 17, 2017 from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the 13th Annual Healthy Living Fair! Sponsors for our event are Citrus County Chronicle, Kindred at Home, Sunflower Springs Assisted Living/Superior Residences of Lecanto, Gardner Audiology, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, and United HealthCare Community Plan. The event takes place at the Citrus County Resource Center, located at 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto.  Admission is free!  There will be over 60 vendors on site offering free information, health screenings, demonstrations, product sampling and door prizes.  The grand prize is a 32” Sanyo LED flat-screen television! Donated by Families Come First.


Hamburger or Hotdog lunch will be available for sale on the patio.  The Circle of Friends Gift Shop will be offering a 10% discount on the day of the event, plan to start your holiday shopping with some of their unique gift items. 


Proceeds to benefit “No Seniors Left Waiting” Program.  For information or to be a vendor at our event, please call. 352-527-5975



Great News! Two of our members, Kate Betsko and Maxine Connors, from Citrus County League of Women Voters, will have 10 minutes at the October 24th BOCC meeting to present the Solar Powerpoint  concerning the new Citrus Solar Co-op that they are launching February 21, 2018..  CCC members enjoyed the Powerpoint  presentation at the October meeting for those that missed it. 
This will be another opportunity to learn more about creating a solar co-op for your neighborhood. The meeting begins at 1 pm at  the County Courthouse. It is always good to support fellow members in their endeavors. Looking forward to seeing other solar advocates in the audience to support them!




Suncoast Parkway’s new role: ‘Coastal Connector’ (Public meeting information in left column, middle of this page)


     BOCC Proclaims October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 26, proclaiming October as Florida Native Plant Month in Citrus County. The Florida Native Plant Society began in the summer of 1980 in Winter Park, Florida by a group of scientists, educators and conservationists concerned about loss of Florida’s native plants and the introduction of non-native species overtaking natural areas. The society now consists of thirty eight chapters and three thousand, seven hundred members from all walks of life who volunteer their time, knowledge and skills in public workshops, land management reviews, raising money for conservation and research grants, landscape awards, restoration projects and teaching Floridians about the benefits of native plants.


Citrus County has an incredible wealth of natural areas to showcase Florida’s native plants and the local chapter of Florida Native Plant Society has members who participate in activities that benefit the citizens and environment of Citrus County. The mission of the society is the preservation, conservation and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of the county and Florida. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County proclaims October as “Florida Native Plant Month” in Citrus County, Florida.


        Extension Announces 2017 Fall Plant Sale


 Locations to register for FEMA Individual Assistance



Three County Boat Launches Closed on the Withlacoochee River

 Due to the Withlacoochee River rising, the following boat launches are closed until further notice: 


Spruce Drive Boat Ramp

4863 E. Spruce Drive

Dunnellon, FL 34434


Turner Camp Boat Ramp

9460 Turner Camp Road

Inverness, FL 34453


Trials End Boat Ramp

12300 E. Trails End Road

Floral City, FL 34436


A Flood Warning continues for the Withlacoochee River at Holder until further notice.  Additional rises are possible thereafter.  The County will reopen the boat ramps as soon as the river is at a safe level. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Two Sandbag Sites Open


Due to the Withlacoochee River rising two Citrus County sandbagging sites have been opened from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM , through September 27. Additional times and dates will be announced as needed. 

The locations are as follows:



Spruce Drive Boat Ramp – Hernando, off C-39

4863 E. Spruce Drive

Dunnellon, FL 34434



East Citrus Community Center – 44E, Inverness

9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy.

Inverness, FL 34450


***There is a limit of 15 bags per vehicle***


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Road maintenance Office at 527-7610.

Updates and information will also be made on Facebook and Twitter throughout the event duration


Live Onstage At The Valerie Theatre


The BOCC proclaims September 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Citrus County


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017 proclaiming September 15 as POW/MIA Recognition Day in Citrus County.


Florida residents have served honorably in the nation’s Armed Forces, and many of Florida’s brave men and women are considered missing in action, causing a grateful nation to mourn their fates. The POW/MIA flag is flown in Citrus County as a powerful reminder of those who so faithfully served our country and September 15 has been set aside as a time to reflect and pay tribute to Floridians who, in the act of serving our nation, selflessly relinquished their freedom so we may enjoy the blessings of liberty and peace.


The Board of County Commissioners proclaims September 15, 2017 as “POW/MIA Recognition Day” and encourages all citizens to honor and pay tribute to all POW/MIA’s for their extraordinary sacrifice and bravery on the field of battle.


Citrus County Animal Shelter to benefit from fundraiser


A Car Wash to benefit Citrus County Animal Shelter will be held at the Dunnellon Moose Lodge #2308 on October 7, 2017 from 8am to Noon. The Moose Lodge is located at 11890 N. Florida Ave. (US 41) on the northern edge of Citrus Springs.


Financial donations and pet supplies will be collected. Supplies in greatest need include dog collars, leashes, cat toys, catnip, dog treats, Pupperoni, medium sized metal bowls, bleach, paper towels, Dawn dish soap, and more. For a complete list of supplies needed contact Colleen Yarbrough, Animal Services Volunteer Outreach Coordinator at; colleen.yarbrough@citrusbocc.com or phone; 352-746-8400.


You may also mail a donation to Dunnellon Moose 2308, P.O. Box 1886, Dunnellon, FL 34430. Make checks payable to Dunnellon Moose 2308, earmarked; Citrus County Animal Shelter.



BOCC Proclaims September as Senior Center Month in Citrus County


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 19, 2017, proclaiming September of 2017 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County. Seniors centers are the first place citizens of Citrus County turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services. Senior centers provide for learning and socialization with peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help manage personal health and finances, leading to continued independence. Senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy and recognizes the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community.


Bicentennial Pool open September 16


U.S. Small Business Administration to offer loans


Citrus County Qualifies for FEMA Individual Assistance





Department of Homeland Security warns to be on the alert for fraud and scams


The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is raising awareness that Hurricane Irma disaster survivors, and their friends and family, should be alert for false rumors, scams, identity theft, and fraud. Although many Americans are working hard to help their neighbors now, during chaotic times, some will always try to take advantage of the most vulnerable.


To dispel some of the false rumors circulating on the internet and social media, FEMA has a dedicated website to address some of the most common themes. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Visit FEMA's Hurricane Rumor Control page to get the most accurate information from trusted sources.


Here are a few guidelines to protect yourself, or someone you care about, from disaster fraud:

•Federal and state workers do not ask for, or accept, money. FEMA staff will never charge applicants for disaster assistance, home inspections, or help filling out applications. Stay alert for false promises to speed up the insurance, disaster assistance, or building permit process.

•In person, always ask to see any FEMA employee ID badges. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in impacted communities providing information and assisting survivors with the registration process or their applicant files.

•A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. All FEMA representatives, including our contracted inspectors, will have a laminated photo ID. All National Flood Insurance Program adjusters will have a NFIP Authorized Adjuster Card with their name and the types of claims they may adjust.

•If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter claiming to be an emergency management official, do not give out personal information, and contact local law enforcement.

•If you suspect fraud, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud’s hotline at 1-866-720-5721, or email the organization at disaster@leo.gov. You can also report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.  Learn more about the National Center for Disaster Fraud at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.

•In Florida, disaster-related fraud information is available on the State Attorney General’s Office website at www.MyFloridaLegal.com, or by calling the office at 1-866-966-7226.


Hurricane survivors are also encouraged to notify local authorities to cases of lawlessness or violence, especially in hurricane shelters. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. For other cases: In Florida, report suspicious/criminal activity to 1-855-352-7233.



The CCC General Meeting on Wednesday, Sept 13th. HAS BEEN CANCELED

More related articles on ENR tab.


Events at the Valerie Theatre for September 2017

Classic Movie Series

September 17 @ 3PM


The Philadelphia Story (NR) is a 1940 American romantic comedy film directed by George Cukor, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart and featuring Ruth Hussey. Based on the Broadway play of the same name by Philip Barry, the film is about a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist. The Philadelphia Story was produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1995.


September 24 @3PM


Sabrina (G) is a 1954 American romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen by Wilder, Samuel A. Taylor, and Ernest Lehman from Taylor's play Sabrina Fair. It stars Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden. This was Wilder's last film released by Paramount Pictures, ending a 12-year business relationship with Wilder and the company. The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2002.

To see all of our offerings, visit our website at www.valerietheatre.org.

Box Office opens one hour before show time. Tickets are available at the box office Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Noon to 4PM and online anytime at


207 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450 (352)-341-7850x2



Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in September 2017

Responsible pest management IPM

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 19, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Correctly identifying the cause of plant damage is always the first step to controlling an infestation. Inspection, scouting, identification, selecting the least harmful control and accurate application are all important IPM practices. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Accepting Applications for a Vacancy on the Water & Wastewater Authority


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for one Lay member (four-year term) to serve on the Citrus County Water & Wastewater Authority. This board provides for regulation of private, for-profit water, bulk water and wastewater utilities within the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. Current position expires January 31, 2018. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.


The authority consists of five members; three members are technical members and two members are lay members.  The lay member positions are appointed based on individual civic pride and integrity. Although experience in any area of relevant utility service and management, rate making, utility regulation or other endeavors is not required, applicants for the lay member position may be appointed from the same area of expertise as technical members. The Water & Wastewater Authority meets quarterly at 1:00 pm. on the first Monday of February, May, August and November at the Lecanto Government Building in Lecanto. 


Applications will be accepted until October 2, 2017.   Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.  Applications can be found athttp://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdfand completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto FL 34461.











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


Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFMD) maintains once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus


Gym Passes Available at Central Ridge Community Center








 Dakota Access Pipeline Updates on ENR Tab








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