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.

Come for a meeting
Stay for a membership!

9 a.m. - 2nd Wednesday Doors open at 8:30 Beverly Hills Lions Club 72 Civic Circle Beverly Hills, FL 34465(MAP) Contact: Kate Betsko @ katebetsko@gmail.com

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. 

 Next Coastal Connector Informational Meeting:

Thursday, April 26, 2018 
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
National Guard Armory
8551 W. Venable Street
Crystal River, Fl 34429    

News Flash:

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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Please also see ENR tab on menu as many items have been moved and new items appear! Stay informed!!




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

Join Commissioner Ron Kitchen for a Town Hall Meeting in Crystal River on May 3

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the public to attend on Thursday, May 3, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Coastal Region Library, located at 8619 W. Crystal Street in Crystal River, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.


“I am looking forward to reporting back to the community on previous issues and hearing about new ones they wish addressed. This will continue to be a question and answer format and not a speech, so I encourage anyone with a question or an item that is important to them to attend,” explained Kitchen.


For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484. 


A Note Shared By Janet Barek:
A great man and area volunteer, Mike Colbert, has passed away. His benevolence and breadth of knowledge will be missed by so many. Mike passed on peacefully in his sleep on April 12th. His graveside Memorial Service will be at Fero Memorial Gardens on Weds April 18th, at 1pm. This information will not be published in the newspaper with the obituary, so please help pass on this information to those who knew Mike. 
There will be a reception at Fero immediately following the service.
On April 19th at the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building on Route 41 near the junction of 41 and Lecanto Hgwy, there will be a showing of  "FIX IT ", Health Care For All    THere will be a panel discussion after the movie by professionals. . Doors open at 6:30.



Citrus County Central Landfill Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event


On Saturday April 21, 2018, the Citrus County Central Landfill will be providing a Household Hazardous Waste drop off event starting at 9:00amand ending at 1:00pm. 


Free disposal will be limited to 60 pounds or 10 gallons of Hazardous Waste as is done during normal Landfill operations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Additional Hazardous Waste will be charged at the BOCC approved rate of $4.00 transaction fee, plus $0.35 per pound.


For more information contact the Citrus County Solid Waste Management:  PH: 352-527-7670   or www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste. Questions may be emailed to hazwasteinfo@ citrusbocc.com


For your consideration - Please attend as citizen input is important.  We are the consumers of whatever economic development is planned and actuated.  BTW - I will be one of the group facilitators. 

- Teddi Rusnak

The Citrus County Economic Development Office will be hosting two Community Workshops at Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC),  1201 W Main St. Inverness FL 34450 Room 115, on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 and Tuesday, May 1, 2018, both are from9:30am – 11:00am.  Please feel free to share this invitation, as all members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend both workshops and participate.  The paragraphs below can provide some insight to the preliminary outline of the agendas for those workshops. 
April 3, 2018, Workshop 1, will be the initial public meeting to highlight data gathered in a draft community assessment to frame a discussion on economic development approaches and objectives.  This first Community workshop is planned to begin with a preliminary overview of Citrus County’s characteristics. Small groups will be formed to develop insights on economic considerations and summations of the groups’ findings will be examined.  Attendees will contribute to sorting out industries suited to the Citrus County community and set up steps for the next meeting.
May 1, 2018, Workshop 2, will be a presentation of the work product of the initial meeting and work toward incorporating additional perspectives and suggestions into a report for the Board of County Commissioners review and consideration.  During the second meeting, it is expected that there will be a presentation of the Workshop 1’s work product. Small groups will be utilized for in depth discussions of the work product and recap their findings to the larger group. These two Community Workshops will set the stage for the report that will be presented to BOCC on a future agenda.
On behalf of the County, we are grateful that you will volunteer your time to assist in these important economic development events for Citrus County.
Bruce C. Register
Economic Development Director

Events at the Valerie Theatre for April 2018


April 1 @ 3PM

Easter Parade (NR) is a 1948 American musical film starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire and Peter Lawford, featuring music by Irving Berlin, including some of Astaire and Garland's best-known songs, such as "Easter Parade", "Steppin' Out with My Baby", and "We're a Couple of Swells". The story bears certain similarities to Pygmalion. It was the most financially successful picture for both Garland and Astaire as well as the highest-grossing musical of the year.


April 7 @ 3:00PM & 7:30PM
*Live Onstage*
A Tribute to Bob Crosby & the Bobcats is a fabulous re-incarnation of the rollicking octet that was the cornerstone of the famous larger Dixieland band. Join Johny Carlsson and the boys for a concert that will bring the house down!


April 8 @ 3PM
12 Angry Men (NR) is a 1957 American courtroom drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt, forcing the jurors to question their morals and values. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: out of 96 minutes of run time, only three minutes take place outside of the jury room. 12 Angry Men explores many techniques of consensus-building and the difficulties encountered in the process, among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. No names are used in the film; the jury members are identified by number until two of them exchange names at the very end. The defendant is referred to as "the boy" and the witnesses as "the old man" and "the lady across the street". In 2007, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was selected as the second-best courtroom drama ever by the American Film Institute during their AFI's 10 Top 10 list and is the highest courtroom drama on Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 Movies of All Time.


April 13 @ 7:30PM *Friday Night at the Movies*
BLADE RUNNER: The Final Cut 
Blade Runner (R) is a 1982 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. It is a loose adaptation of the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film is set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019, and depicts a future in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bioengineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies. When a fugitive group of replicants led by Roy Batty (Hauer) escape back to Earth, burnt-out cop Rick Deckard (Ford) reluctantly agrees to hunt them down. During his investigations, Deckard meets Rachael (Young), an advanced replicant who causes him to question his work. The film has been highly influential on many science fiction films, video games, anime, and television series. The film brought the work of Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood, and several later films were based on his work. Scott regards Blade Runner as "probably" his most complete and personal film. In the year after its release, the film won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, and in 1993 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In 2007, Warner Bros. released The Final Cut, a 25th-anniversary digitally remastered version, and the only version over which Scott retained artistic control.


April 15 @ 3PM
Gigi (G)is a 1958 American musical-romance film directed by Vincente Minnelli processed using MGM's Metrocolor. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The film features songs with lyrics by Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, arranged and conducted by André Previn. In 1991, Gigi was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The American Film Institute ranked it #35 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions. The film is considered the last great Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical and the final great achievement of the Freed Unit, headed by producer Arthur Freed, although he would go on to produce several more films.


April 22 @ 3PM
Mildred Pierce (NR) is a 1945 American film noir directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott, also featuring Eve Arden, Ann Blyth and Bruce Bennett. Based on a novel by James M. Cain, this was Crawford's first starring film for Warner Bros. after leaving Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1996, Mildred Pierce was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.


April 29 @ 3PM
Double Indemnity (NR) is a 1944 film noir directed by Billy Wilder, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and produced by Buddy DeSylva and Joseph Sistrom. The screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novella of the same name, which originally appeared as an eight-part serial in Liberty magazine, beginning in February 1936. The film stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when death is caused accidentally, such as while riding a railway. Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as a paradigmatic film noir and as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked #38 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of all time, and in 2007 it placed 29th on their 10th Anniversary list.




Alan Forino, Director

Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, Inc.

207 Courthouse Square

Inverness, FL  34450




Please note:  Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to City Officials regarding City business are public records and are available to the public and media upon request.  Your e-mail communications maybe subject to public disclosure.  Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.



Non-Profits Invited to Participate in NCVC Volunteer Fair


County Offices Closed for Good Friday and Easter



Citrus County Receives State Economic Development Grant





Certificate of Appreciation presented to Aquatic Services Director

Mark Edwards, Director of Citrus County Aquatic Services was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Larry Hartman, President of Too Far Water & Natural Resources Foundation after giving a presentation update on the work of Citrus County Aquatics at the group’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 22 at the Gospel Island Community Center.

TOOFAR, Inc. is a grassroots organization dedicated to the best management and conservation of natural resources for present and future generations through public education and interaction with all entities charged with those responsibilities.

The Division of Aquatic Services manages nuisance aquatic plants within the 25,000 surface acres of lakes and rivers in the County, and is also responsible for maintaining waterway signage, removal of derelict vessels (when funding is available), boating improvements, and artificial fishing reef projects. For more information on Citrus County’s Aquatic Services visit;


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




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









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.

 Why We're For Water


Citizens group represents county


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

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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