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.

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9 a.m. - 2nd Wednesday Doors open at 8:30 Beverly Hills Lions Club 72 Civic Circle Beverly Hills, FL 34465(MAP)

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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. 


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  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. 

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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.
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 A “white paper” generated by Dan Hilliard and published by Kings Bay Springs Alliance, Inc. - for your quick consumption.   

Kings Bay Springs Alliance, Inc., is asking that if you agree that addressing the damage done by turf fertilizer to our water systems is in order, and that the following would generally be in addition to the current ordinance,  please email the county commissioner of your choice - or all five of them - and tell them it’s time to toughen up our residential fertilizer ordinance to save our water systems!  (Note: agriculture is exempt)

1. Prohibit sales of turf fertilizer June thru September inclusive.
2. Prohibit the application of turf fertilizers during the same time frame with possible exception of golf courses.
3. Prohibit the use of  turf fertilizers within 100' of any storm water drainage conveyance which will transmit runoff directly into any water body.
4. Prohibit the application of fast release turf fertilizer on any property adjacent to water bodies unless the shoreline is protected by swales to control runoff.
5. Incorporate a concurrent Florida Friendly Landscape ordinance which is consistent with state guidance and promotes the conversion of landscaping of residential and business properties for a specified but limited time (10 years?) by use of property tax incentives.  The ordinance should be incorporated into the Citrus County LDC.

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Yes on 1 for the Sun: The Florida Anti-Solar Ballot Initiative from Utilities
 04/20/2016 11:22 am 11:22:02
Gabe Elsner Executive Director, Energy and Policy Institute

Last week, the Florida utility-backed anti-solar initiative officially launched their campaign to block solar leasing in the sunshine state with the confusing name, “Yes on 1 for the sun.” The utility-backed group running the initiative campaign, called the “Consumers for Smart Solar” has been funded by nearly $7 million in contributions from the investor-owned utilities and fossil fuel front groups to date. 

Energy & Policy Institute previously revealed that Consumers for Smart Solar is funded by utilities and front groups seeking to prevent changes to state law that would open the solar market in Florida and specifically allow third party solar leases. Third party solar accounted for 72 precent of residential solar installed across the country in 2014.

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Instead, the utility-backed ballot initiative would continue to restrict the solar market in Florida by writing into the state constitution that homeowners and businesses cannot use third party solar leases. Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone writes

Key policies that have spurred a rooftop solar revolution elsewhere in America are absent or actually illegal in Florida. Unlike the majority of states, even Texas, Florida has no mandate to generate any portion of its electricity from renewable power. Worse, the state’s restrictive monopoly utility law forbids anyone but the power companies from buying and selling electricity. Landlords cannot sell power from solar panels to tenants. Popular solar leasing programs like those offered by SolarCity and Sunrun are outlawed. 

In the battle between the utilities and pro-clean energy advocates in Florida, the utility-backed Consumers for Smart Solar drove up the cost of petition signatures in Florida, rendering a pro-solar ballot initiative (spearheaded by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy) unable to raise enough funds to overcome the vast resources of the monopoly utility companies. The pro-solar initiative called “Floridians for Solar Choice” would have opened the market and removed restrictions on solar leasing. Rolling Stone reported, “utilities crushed the [pro-solar] Solar Choice campaign by spending it into submission. Qualifying an amendment for the ballot in Florida is onerous and expensive under the best of circumstances.”

The Consumers for Smart Solar campaign also worked to confuse petition-signers by using the same language as the real pro-solar campaign. While gathering petition signatures, the utility-backed initiative would talk about “solar choice,” mirroring the name of the pro-solar ballot initiative, Floridians for Solar Choice. 

Now, with the utilities launching their ballot initiative as the “Yes on 1 for the sun” campaign, the misinformation continues. George Orwell noted in his essay, “Politics and the English Language,” that political speech serves to distort reality, saying “In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible… Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness… the great enemy of clear language is insincerity.” 

The utility-backed ballot initiative is certainly insincere about it’s intentions - instead of “for the sun” the utilities are working to confuse voters and cement public policy that squashes the free market and eliminates competition coming from the distributed solar industry. 

Perhaps Florida should change it’s moniker from the “Sunshine State” to the “Investor-owned Utility State”, where citizens and businesses are simply not allowed to use the free market to generate their own power, because the monopoly utilities have enough funding and political power to keep it that way. 


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CITRUS COUNTY COUNCIL
PO Box 925 Lecanto, FL. 34460 WWW.citruscountycouncil.org
 “Working together to preserve quality of life in Citrus County”
 REGULAR MEETING AGENDA 
July 13, 2016 
9:00 am Pledge of Allegiance & Welcome -----John Wade,         
           President
9:05 am Elections---Susan Gill, Supervisor of Elections 
9:35 am Solar Amendment--- Kate Betsko, President Citrus  
            County League of Women Voters    

Briefings from Around the County 
10:00 am Citrus County School Board--- Chuck Dixon, School                    Planning 
10:15 am Sheriff’s Office----Detective Corey Sharp   

CCC Business Meeting 
10:30 am Attendance/Quorum---Debbie Ressler, Secretary        
             Acceptance of Minutes & Correspondence 
10:35 am Treasurer’s Report----Karen Esty, Treasurer 
10:40 am Unfinished/New Business 
  
 CCC and League of Women Voters forum----Kate Betsko,        
              President LWV 
  
10:50 am  Open Mic for Member Announcements 
11:05 am  General Announcements  
  
Next meeting will be August 10, 2016 at Lion’s Club 
11:15 am Adjournment
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 Take the Bear Hunt Survey                            
Looking to gain more insight from the public on whether to hold another bear hunt, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Friday released a four ...
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Task Force Meeting #6 is scheduled for June 24, 2016from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Williston Crossings RV Resort (Clubhouse), 410 NE 5th Street, Williston, FL 32696. At this meeting, the Task Force will review public and agency input, reach consensus on the draft recommendations including the refined evaluation approach and framework for enhanced and new transportation corridors in the study area, discuss the implementation plan, review initial draft Task Force report sections and identify action items and next steps. A public comment period will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m. Meeting materials will be posted to the website www.i75relief.com as they become available. 

                                                       

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Tell DEP: Don't allow more toxic fracking chemicals in Florida's water

Petition to Florida Department of Environmental Protection:
"Protect Florida's water. Don't weaken standards to allow more toxic chemicals in our state waters, including chemicals like benzene that are used in fracking."
Sign Petition    You'll receive periodic updates on offers and activism opportunities.
According to reports this week from the Tallahassee Democrat, Florida officials are preparing to weaken restrictions on two dozen toxic chemicals in Florida’s water — including tripling the allowable level of benzene, a cancer-causing chemical used in Fracking.1
Thanks to public pushback, fracking still isn’t allowed in Florida, but the fracking industry is trying hard to change that. This plan to increase allowable benzene levels could be a backdoor attempt to help pave the way for fracking in the Sunshine State.2
As the Department of Environmental Protection considers these new standards, this is a vital moment for Floridians to speak out for the safety of their water.
Tell the Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Protect Florida’s water. Don’t weaken toxic standards that could pave the way for fracking.
While officials at the Department of Environmental Protection claim increasing benzene levels has nothing to do with fracking, it’s hard to take them at their word given the recent actions of the fracking industry in Florida.
After the oil and gas industry gave at least $443,000 to top Republicans in the legislature, the Florida house voted in February to pass a bill that would open the door to fracking, preempt local fracking bans, and provide exemptions for companies to avoid disclosing what chemicals they’re using.

Thanks to an outcry from Floridians, including nearly 10,000 CREDO Activists, the bill died in the state Senate. But we know the industry is not done — and we can’t let weakening toxics standards open the door for endangering Florida’s precious water with toxic fracking in fragile ecosystems.
With 90 percent of Floridians relying on groundwater aquifers for their drinking water, increasing levels of toxic contaminants is dangerous. And with the state so vulnerable to impacts from a heating planet, any attempt to expand fossil fuels and fracking should be a 
non-starter. Tell DEP: Don't allow more toxic fracking chemicals in Florida's waterTell the Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Protect Florida’s water. Don’t weaken toxic standards that could pave the way for fracking.

  1. "Public blasts DEP over new water toxics limits," Tallahassee Democrat, 5/17/16

  2. "Florida Proposes Tripling Amount Of Benzene That Can Be Polluted Into State Waters," ThinkProgress, 5/17/16

  3. "House rejects attempts to impose health restrictions on oil and gas fracking," Tampa Bay Times, 1/26/16

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Poll Worker Information


Thank you for your interest in joining our Election Team, as a Citrus County Poll Worker. Becoming a poll worker is a very important decision and requires making a serious commitment to the Team. You must be able to attend an orientation session and, if hired, mandatory training classes. Poll workers are paid for each election worked (Election Day) and for the hours worked, if employed at Early Vote sites (daily for up to 2 weeks prior to Election Day.) The amount paid depends on the position for which you are hired and the number of training classes attended. We will be featuring electronic poll books in the 2016 election cycle, so it is important that you are comfortable with computers. We do, however, have a position that does not require computer use. 
Also, a poll worker is required to: 

· be a registered voter in Citrus county
· be able to read and write the English language
· attend an orientation session
· pass a written exam
· attend all mandatory training classes if hired
· have reliable transportation
· be able to work at least 14 hours on Election Day (no shifts)
· be able to fulfill your schedule if hired for Early Voting
· be a responsible team-player
· make a serious commitment, if hired

The first step in joining our Team is to complete an application. After reading through the above information and feel you can meet the requirements, you may click here to access the application. Selecting 'submit' will send the application directly to the Poll Worker Department for processing, after which you will be notified of the date, time and location of the next orientation. If you have any questions, please call the Poll Worker Department at 352- 341-6747.
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