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)


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




Are you curious as to how the constitutional revision committee is rewriting our environmental laws will benefit investors at the expense of our water, our forests and sea-level rise and more? 

Join the influential, Maya K van Rossum on a conference call this Friday, November 10 4 pm to find out the ins and outs of the provisions being negotiated undercover and what we should do about it. 

Friday, November 10 @ 4 pm

Dial-in information and code are: 1-800-791-2345 / Access Code: 71376#
Van Rossum, who is skilled as an environmental attorney, strategist, community organizer, facilitator, coalition builder and manager, has led DRN for over 20 years. As Delaware Riverkeeper, she organizes concerned citizens, testifies before state and national governing bodies, oversees DRN litigation, and watches over the Delaware River and all of its tributary streams. Through appointments by governors and agency heads, she has played a role in shaping water quality, quantity and habitat policies and regulation in the Delaware River watershed for nearly two decades.
Her forthcoming book, The Green Amendment is coming out soon.

Harriet Heywood
Co-Coordinator, Trade Justice Alliance
Florida State Coordinator, People Demanding Action
“When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them.”
                                                                               -Howard Zinn


Animal Shelter Closed Saturday, November 11 in Observance of Veterans Day


Citrus County Animal Shelter will be closed on Saturday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day. The Shelter will be open to the public for regular hours on Tuesday, November 14. For more information on the Animal Shelter or adopting a pet visit: http://www.citruscritters.com/ .


Citizens group represents county

      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.





Events for November 2017:


Live Onstage


November 11, 2017       3:00PM & 7:30PM


THE SOPHISTICATED LADY stars Susanne Smith. Called "The Big Voice in a Small Package", Susanne Smith will captivate you with her 4-octave range and amazing versatility. From Broadway & Motown to sultry Blues & Jazz, join Susanne on a Musical journey with the great singers of our time!


Classic Movie Series


November 10, 2017         Friday Nite at the Movies 7:30PM


Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli, produced by Robert Cavallo, Joseph Ruffalo and Steven Fargnoli, and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. The film stars Prince in his acting debut playing "The Kid," a quasi-biographical character. Purple Rain was developed to showcase Prince's talents and contains several concert sequences. The film grossed more than $68 million at the box office in the United States and over $80 million worldwide, thus making a large profit on its $7.2 million budget. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, the last to receive the award.


November 12, 2017 @ 3PM


The Public Enemy is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell. The film relates the story of a young man's rise in the criminal underworld in prohibition-era urban America. The supporting players include Beryl Mercer, Murray Kinnell, and Mae Clarke. The screenplay is based on a never-published novel by two former street thugs — Beer and Blood by John Bright and Kubec Glasmon — who had witnessed some of Al Capone's murderous gang rivalries in Chicago.


November 19, 2017 @ 3PM


The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Widely considered to be one of the greatest films in American history, it is the best-known and most commercially successful adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It stars Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, alongside Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, and Margaret Hamilton, with Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe and Clara Blandick, Terry (billed as Toto), and the Singer Midgets as the Munchkins.


November 26, 2017 @ 3PM


Unforgiven is a 1992 American revisionist Western film produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and written by David Webb Peoples. The film portrays William Munny, an aging outlaw and killer who takes on one more job years after he had turned to farming. The film stars Eastwood in the lead role, with Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Eastwood stated that the film would be his last Western for fear of repeating himself or imitating someone else's work. Eastwood dedicated the movie to deceased directors and mentors Don Siegel and Sergio Leone. The film won four Academy Awards: Best Picture and Best Director for Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor for Gene Hackman, and Best Film Editing for editor Joel Cox. Eastwood was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, but he lost to Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman. The film was the third Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture, following Cimarron (1931) and Dances with Wolves (1990).

In 2004, Unforgiven was added to the United States National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


Special Event


November 4 & 5, 2017 10AM to 4PM    FREE EVENT

Guest Artist, Rebecca Pujals-Jones, Photographer, will be showcased at the Valerie as part of the Festival of the Arts annual event on Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness.


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 www.valerietheatre.org.

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





Alan Forino, Director

Valerie Theatre Cultural Center, Inc.

207 Courthouse Square

Inverness, FL  34450





Landfill Hours for Veterans Day


Adoption fees waived for all dogs available for adoption at Citrus County Shelter



Let’s clear the kennels at the Citrus County Animal Shelter! The Shelter is way over capacity and dogs continue to come into the shelter daily.


In an effort to clear out the kennels and make room for more dogs, we are waiving adoption fees until further notice on all dogs that are currently available for adoption. Citrus County residents however will be required to pay $10 for county registration tag.


The dogs from the recent seizure(s) are not available for adoption at this time. We will announce to the public when they become available for adoption. For more information on Citrus County Animal Services visit: http://www.citruscritters.com/ .


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



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.



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.



More related articles on ENR tab.


Events at the Valerie Theatre

Classic Movie Series

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




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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