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: 

(352)-288-0450


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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. 

 New Update:

https://thesuncoaststandard.com/2017/01/25/suncoast-parkway-2-opponents-poised-to-sue/

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  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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  • 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.

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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 
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Cold Weather Shelter to open

 

The Salvation Army will have the Cold Weather Shelter open tonightWednesday, January 17, 2018 and tomorrow night, Thursday, January 18, 2018.   The shelter is open from 7pm to 7am, and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL  34461.

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area.   

 

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Citrus County Central Landfill starting a Customer Service Area improvement project

  

The Citrus County Central Landfill will be starting a Customer Service Area (CSA) improvement project that will affect the landfills normal traffic pattern commencing on Monday January 15. The project will include re-paving of the CSA which will be done in three phases and will require traffic to enter and exit at various locations depending on what phase of the project is underway. 

 

Traffic cones and signs as well as extra staff will be on hand to assist in directing citizens to various locations to dispose of their waste. The recycling dumpsters that are staged in the CSA will be temporally relocated on the site to allow for the paving work and information will be provided by staff to direct citizens where to go to dispose of recycling. 

 

The project is expected to take 7 to 10 days to complete. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this much needed project may cause. For more information call 352-527-7670or visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

                                               

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Resurfacing project to begin at Citrus County Parks
Citrus County Parks and Recreation will be resurfacing many of the County Parks sports courts in the month of January. Below is a list of beginning and ending “closed to the public” dates for each court included in the resurfacing project.

FP - Shuffleboard     Floral Park   Monday  Jan 15, 2018                    
FP - Shuffleboard     Floral Park   Friday 
 Jan 26, 2018                         

 

CP - Basketball Ct

Citronelle Park

Monday    

Jan 15, 2018

CP - Basketball Ct

Citronelle Park

Friday

Jan 26, 2018

 

BHCP - Basketball Ct (Full)

Beverly Hills Community Park

Monday

Jan 15, 2018

BHCP - Basketball Ct (Full)

Beverly Hills Community Park

Friday

Jan 26, 2018

 

WJP - Basketball Ct (half)

Wesley Jones Park

Monday

Jan 8, 2018

WJP - Basketball Ct (half)

Wesley Jones Park

Sunday

Jan 14, 2018

 

CSTC – Courts A + B - Tennis

Citrus Springs Tennis Courts

Monday

Jan 8, 2018

CSTC – Courts A + B - Tennis

Citrus Springs Tennis Courts

Sunday

Jan 14, 2018

 

EMP - Basketball Ct (full)

Eugene Martin Park

Monday

Jan 8, 2018

EMP - Basketball Ct (full)

Eugene Martin Park

Sunday

Jan 14, 2018

 

FP - Basketball Ct (full)

Floral Park

Monday

Jan 15, 2018

FP - Basketball Ct (full)

Floral Park

Friday

Jan 26, 2018

 

HP - Basketball Ct (full)

Highland Park

Monday

Jan 15, 2018

HP - Basketball Ct (full)

Highland Park

Friday

Jan 26, 2018


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                        Events and Programs
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Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman to Speak on “Manatee Mania

The Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series hosted by the Florida Humanities Council Continues in January with “How Florida contracted Manatee Mania”, a talk by Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman. The Event will be held January 25 at 7pm at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, One Courthouse Square, Inverness
Ever since 1893, when Florida passed its very first law protecting manatees, these ungainly marine mammals have been casting their spell over the people of this state. Once a staple of the early settlers’ diet, manatees are now a popular icon of Florida’s environment, featured on everything from license plates to cheesy knick-knacks.  

This presentation traces the history of how manatees wound up on the endangered species list and why they remain there today, a story that features such characters as Jacques Cousteau and Jimmy Buffet.

      

Award-winning author and journalist Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, winning state and national awards.

 
Please call to reserve your seat today at 352.341.6428. Free coffee and cookies will be served.

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Good Afternoon, you and members of your organization are cordially invited to attend the Citrus County Court & Citizens Summit in Inverness at the Citrus County Courthouse.

The court is pleased to introduce a new community outreach program of the Fifth Judicial Circuit: “Court & Citizens Summit.” This program was developed in accordance with this Circuit's dedication to strengthening the relationship between the community and the judiciary and in furtherance of the Communication Plan set forth by the Florida Supreme Court.

“The Court & Citizens Summit” will provide information about the court system, the judiciary and court programs. Summits will occur once each quarter and will feature members of the judiciary and court staff speaking on different court related topics.

 

The Citrus County “Court and Citizens Summit” will be held at the Citrus County Courthouse/Board of County Commissioner’s Chamber, 110 N. Apopka, Inverness, FL, on February 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The Summit will focus on the Florida State Court System, Why is Sentencing Like Taxes?, What is Stand Your Ground?

Attached to this email, you will find the Agenda for the Citrus County Summit. Please help us get the word out by sharing the flyer.

Please RSVP no later than February 2, 2018 by emailing info@circuit5.org or by calling Susan Berg at (352) 253-1606.  Your local involvement in this summit provides an opportunity to learn more on local topics of the judicial branch of government.  Please do not miss out on this opportunity.

I look forward to seeing you at the summit.

Todd

 

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Todd J Tuzzolino

Chief Deputy Court Administrator

Fifth Judicial Circuit

Serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake

Marion, & Sumter Counties

(352) 401-6702

 
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http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/roads/Lawsuit-may-stall-Suncoast-Parkway-extension_163640950
Lawsuit may stall Suncoast Parkway extension

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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Valerie Theatre listings for January 2018:


 Live Onstage

 January 20 @ 3:00PM & 7:30PM

TIM WALKOE

The grand prize winner on ABC TV's "America's Funniest People", Tim Walkoe is one of the strongest comedy headliners in the business today. His fast-paced comedic style combined with improvisation and music make Tim's act a sure hit. Tim has a reputation as a clean comedian.

"Nonstop laughter from start to finish" is what the Chicago Tribune had to say about the stand up comedy performance of Tim Walkoe going on to comment "Walkoe's rapid fire delivery and shoot from the hip style leaves audiences laughing so hard it's hard to catch up to the next joke".

 

Classic Movie Series

  

January 21 @ 3PM

ON THE TOWN (NR)

On the Town is a 1949 Technicolor musical film with music by Leonard Bernstein and Roger Edens and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. It is an adaptation of the Broadway stage musical of the same name produced in 1944. The film was directed by Gene Kelly, who also choreographed, and Stanley Donen, and stars Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Betty Garrett, and Ann Miller, and features Jules Munshin and Vera-Ellen. The film was an immediate success and won the Academy Award for Best Music—Scoring of a Musical Picture, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Cinematography (Color). Screenwriters Comden and Green won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical. In 2006, the film ranked No. 19 on the American Film Institute's list of Best Musicals.

 

January 28 @ 3PM

GRAND PRIX (NR)

Grand Prix is a 1966 American drama film about motorsports featuring an international ensemble cast. The picture was directed by John Frankenheimer with music by Maurice Jarre and stars James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Brian Bedford, Jessica Walter and Antonio Sabàto. Toshiro Mifune has a supporting role as a race team owner, inspired by Soichiro Honda. The picture was photographed in Super Panavision 70 by Lionel Lindon, and presented in 70 mm Cinerama in premiere engagements. Its unique racing cinematography – in part credited to Saul Bass – is one of the main draws of the film. One of the ten highest grossing films of 1966, Grand Prix won three Academy Awards for its technical achievements.

 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

 Alan Forino, Director

Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, Inc.

207 Courthouse Square

Inverness, FL  34450

(352)341-7850x3

www.valerietheatre.org

WELCOME TO THE SHOW!

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Extension to offer Matter of Balance Class

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https://www.lwvcitrus.org/?ct=t(LWVCC_December_2017_Newsletter)&mc_cid=87311d41d0&mc_eid=670ada62a9

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Seeking application for seats on the Citrus Springs Advisory Board


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Citizens group represents county


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      Citrus Libraries Encourage Readers to Check-Out 
 Digital Collection


    Citrus Libraries would like to encourage the citizens of Citrus County to explore the library’s digital collection. With over 7,000 different eBooks and digital audiobooks, there is a diverse variety to choose from. The digital collection is especially convenient to those who have a busy schedule, have a hard time making it to the library, or who spend a portion of the year outside the state.
    Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If the Citrus Libraries hits 68,700 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for the library’s OverDrive collection. Citrus County Library System is only 12,000 checkouts away from their goal, but they need your help to get there.
    Citrus Libraries’ digital collection is free for anyone with a valid library card. Users can borrow bestsellers, classic eBooks, and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. Citrus Libraries also offers a variety of juvenile and young adult titles for younger readers. You never need to worry about returning digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.
    Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting https://citrus.overdrive.com/ or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

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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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