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 
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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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  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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Temporary traffic changes at US 19 and Homosassa Trail intersection

 

Due to drainage construction work, traffic has been shifted on US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) near W. Homosassa Trail. As a result, the southbound US 19 left turn onto eastbound Homosassa Trail is now temporarily closed.  Homosassa Trail on the west side of US 19 is also temporarily closed to all traffic. Drivers going to the shopping plaza on the west side of US 19 need to use one of the entrances to the parking lot that is north of Homosassa Trail.

 

The temporary closures and detour will be in place for approximately two weeks, weather permitting.

 

Detour for southbound US 19 to eastbound Homosassa Trail: Continue south on US 19 and turn left onto W. Grover Cleveland Boulevard. Turn left onto Ohio Street and go north to Homosassa Trail.

 

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Gym Passes Available at Central Ridge Community Center

 

Citrus County Parks and Recreation is announcing the enhancement of the Gym at the Central Ridge Community Center at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills. Parks and Recreation has recently acquired specialized equipment that works every part of the body with easy to use devices. The gym is open to all county residents from 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Monthly passes are $10 per person. Staff is available to give you a tour of the facility and register you for a pass.

  
In addition, you can stay a while and play a game of pool or ping-pong, take a walk in our beautiful park, play a round of tennis or lounge poolside at the Central Ridge Swimming Pool. For more information, you may call the Community Center at 352-746-4882 or the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Administration office at 352-527-7540

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Shih Tzu and Pomeranians available beginning Saturday July 15

 

Last month, Citrus County Animal Control seized over 30 small breed dogs. Most are either Shih Tzu or Pomeranians of various size, color and age. These wonderful dogs will be made available for adoption starting at 10am on Saturday, July 15. All adoptions will be completed on a first come, first serve basis and only one dog may be adopted per approved adopter.  If you have been looking for a small, companion dog this is a great opportunity. For more information on adopting a shelter pet call Citrus County Animal Services at 352-746-8400 or visit the website at http://www.citruscritters.com/contact_us.htm.

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FREE showing of Chicken Little at Eugene Martin Park

 

Enjoy an evening in the park with your friends, family and neighbors by attending a free Movie in the ParkSaturday, August 5th will be showing “Chicken Little”. The movie will be projected on a 30 ft. screen and will start at dusk (around 8 P.M.) at Eugene Martin Park, located at:

 

Eugene Martin Park

1711 W. Gene Martin Lane

Dunnellon, FL 34434

 

Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, chairs or towels. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Free popcorn will be provided by the Parks and Recreation Division. All movies are weather permitting. Admission is free. Call 352-527-7540 with any questions.


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Commissioner Brian Coleman attends opening of Citrus County YMCA Veterans Obstacle Course

 

Commissioner and veteran Brian Coleman has been an active supporter of the new YMCA Veterans Obstacle Course since its inception. He has helped clear brush, install the course, and brought enthusiasm to the project.  Commissioner Coleman was on hand for the opening day ceremonies of the Veterans Obstacle Course on Saturday, July 1, at the Citrus County YMCA in Lecanto. His commitment to seeing the project to fruition is in part, due to the value the course provides as an opportunity for physical and mental activity for veterans and community members alike, especially Citrus County youth.

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Three Citrus County Commissioners receive award from Florida Association of Counties
 
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Citrus County Commissioners; Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmy T. Smith with the prestigious Presidential Advocacy Award during the 2017 FAC Annual Conference & Exposition in Palm Beach County. The commissioners were honored by the state organization for going above and beyond, providing leadership and commitment in crafting and advocating for sound policy during the 2017 Legislative Session.


“The active participation of commissioners engaging their legislative delegation is critical to the success of our mission” said FAC President, Marion County Commissioner, Kathy Bryant “to strengthen home-rule and to empower our communities – not Tallahassee.”

The Presidential Advocacy Award is given annually to those county commissioners from around the state who have shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.


For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.


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Commissioner Scott E. Carnahan earns FAC Advanced County Commissioner Designation

 

The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Citrus County Commissioner Scott E. Carnahan with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the Association. Commissioner Carnahan received the designation along with 17 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in Palm Beach County, Florida.

 

“Coming together with my fellow commissioners from around the State of Florida to complete this advanced program has given me a wealth of knowledge that I can bring back home and apply to my work representing the citizens of Citrus County.” said Carnahan.  “I am honored to receive the ACC designation from FAC.”

 

Launched by FAC in 2006, the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) education program is an advanced leadership program designed for graduates of the Certified County Commissioners (CCC) program. This year, the program saw 18 commissioners graduate in June with a total of 204 graduating since the inception of the program in 2006.

 

“Graduates of the Advanced County Commissioner program have shown an exemplary commitment to public service,” said FAC Executive Director Ginger Delegal. “This invaluable program brings together veteran commissioners from throughout Florida to work collaboratively on Florida’s most pressing challenges.”

 

The ACC program is organized as a series of three seminars, with 27 hours of course work. The course content focuses on leading within Florida’s counties. Participating Commissioners must commit to fully participate in all three seminars in order to graduate.  Seminars include: Tough Policy Choices in Florida During Tumultuous Times; Leading Your Communities During Turbulent Times; and, Understanding and Working with Stakeholders and County Decision Makers during these Turbulent Times. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension has sponsored this program for the last nine years in Alachua County. For more information about the ACC program and courses, visit the FAC web site at www.fl-counties.com

 

For more than 85 years, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) has represented the diverse interests of Florida’s counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule – the concept that government closest to the people governs best. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

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Citrus County Animal Shelter in Need of Donations

Due to an unexpected influx of animals, the Citrus County Animal Shelter is asking the community for help by donating gently used towels, flat sheets and bath mats. These donations will be used to keep the cats and dogs in a clean and comfortable environment.

The shelter is located at 4030 S. Airport Road, Inverness. You are welcome to drop off donations at the shelter any time during regular business hours Tuesday through Saturday 10a.m to 4p.m. Thank you for your support!

 For more information about the Citrus County Animal Services Division, visit www.citruscritters.com or call 352-746-8400 

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June 14th General Meeting Speakers: Mosquito Control

George Deskins
&
Blake Jenkins

Graph shows how over the years MC has used less 
toxins and more natural products to combat mosquitoes.

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 Dakota Access Pipeline Updates on ENR Tab

                                  

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Water Restrictions go into effect June 5 for
 Citrus County


Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Modified Phase III water shortage restrictions go into effect for Citrus County June 5, 2017 through August 1, 2017. These measures  apply beginning June 5 to all of Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties; the portions of Charlotte, Highlands, Lake, Levy, Marion, Polk, and Sumter, within the District’s jurisdiction; and Gasparilla Island (including the portion in Lee County),  except where stricter measures have been imposed by local governments.
These restrictions apply to the use of wells and surface sources such as ponds, rivers and canals, in addition to utility-supplied water. Lawn watering is limited to a once-per-week schedule. Unless your city or county already has stricter hours in effect, the allowable watering hours are before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., regardless of property size.

  

Addresses with “house numbers” …

May only irrigate on …

Ending in 0 or 1 

Monday 

Ending in 2 or 3 

Tuesday 

Ending in 4 or 5 

Wednesday 

Ending in 6 or 7 

Thursday 

Ending in 8 or 9 

Friday 

No address (community common areas, etc.) 

Friday 

 

For information on car washing, new lawns and plants, reclaimed water, and other water uses visit: http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/watering-restrictions.htm
or http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/restrictions/swfwmd.php

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Recycling Center Locations Open to the Public

At the March 28, 2017 meeting, the Board of County Commissioners voted to keep the remaining Recycling Drop-off Collection Centers open. The three which have already been closed, located at Withlacoochee Technical College in Inverness, the West Side Convenience Center on Rt. 44 in Crystal River, and the center in Citrus Springs, will remain closed.
The locations of the Recycling Centers, which are OPEN to the public, are:
  • West Citrus Community Center          East Citrus Community Center 
  • Beverly Hills Plaza,                             One Civic Circle, Beverly Hills 
  • Lecanto Government Building            Citrus County Central Landfill 
  • Arlington Street                                       Inverness Citrus County Fairgrounds
  • Citrus County Animal Shelter              Duval Island Boat Ramp 
Should you have any questions about this, or any other program or service offered by the Division of Solid Waste Management, please call 352-527-7670, or email landfillinfo@citrusbocc.com .       

         

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Transit offers new program for residents 60 and over The Citrus County Transit’s Transportation Disadvantaged Advisory Board has approved a new option for residents sixty years of age and over.   The new program invites any resident that is age sixty and over to get a free pass to ride the Deviated Fixed Route, and have a discount on the Para Transit service.  This opportunity is not income based and residents will need to show proof of age for the bus pass to be issued.  Passes and applications are available at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. as well as on the Citrus County BOCC website http://www.citruscountytransit.com/. For more information, call our office at 352-527-7630.                        
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