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Non-Profits Invited to Participate in NCVC Volunteer Fair
The Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is proud to sponsor the NCVC Volunteer Fair, which will be held at the Central Ridge Community Center located at 77 Civic Circle in Beverly Hills, Florida, April 24, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 The NCVC Volunteer Fair is a way for community non-profits and service organizations to highlight their work and their need for volunteers. It is also a way for those who desire to serve and volunteer to explore opportunities and talk with representatives in a casual atmosphere. Organizations face a shortage of volunteers. At the same time, many people have a desire to volunteer but just do not know where the need is. The volunteer fair brings the two together.

There is no non-profit or community service organization vendor registration fee, and table and chairs will be provided. RSVP for vendor space to Rhonda.noel@citrusbocc.com or call 352-527-5959.

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County Offices Closed for Good Friday and Easter


Citrus County Government offices will be closed Friday, March 30, in observance of Good Friday and Easter.
The Citrus County Central Landfill will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. There will be No Hazardous Waste Drop-offs on Good Friday. The administration office will be closed all day. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, March 31. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s Web site at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm

All Citrus County Library branches and administrative offices will be closed on Friday, March 30. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, March 31.
Citrus County Transit will be closed for Good Friday, March 30.
Citrus County Animal Services will be closed Good Friday, March 30.
Normal hours will resume on Saturday, March 31.

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Citrus County Receives State Economic Development Grant

“We are pleased to be working with our partners, the State of Florida’s DEO and the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council and welcome the opportunity to leverage those agencies’ resources to the benefit of our community and the citizens of Citrus County.” said Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Ron Kitchen.
 
Citrus County received the $11,000 award to partner with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council to update Citrus County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan with a community assessment including an economic base analysis, gathering citizen input for desired development objectives, and combining the information into a report of recommend goals and strategies.
 
DEO Executive Director Cissy Proctor, said, “DEO is committed to using our resources to help all Florida communities flourish. The Competitive Florida Economic Development Project grants offer valuable tools to help support communities in reaching their local economic development goals.” 
Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grants are available to all counties and municipalities to help communities learn more about local assets and economic conditions, and develop specific local projects. Grant awards range from $5,000 and $15,000.
The Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grants for 2017-18 are:

Citrus County is one of only eight communities across the State to be awarded a Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grant. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) awarded $91,000 in grant awards to eight communities across the state to provide funding that assists local governments in pursuing specific economic development projects or supplementing existing projects. 

  Grantee

 Amount

Broward County

 $15,500

Citrus County

 $11,000

City of Clewiston

 $10,000

City of Newberry

 $11,000

Green Cove Springs

 $11,000

Holmes County

 $6,000

Town of Hastings

 $13,500

 Wakulla County

$13,000

 The Competitive Florida Partnership is a two-year program that provides technical assistance and support to rural areas seeking to improve their communities through an asset-based economic development strategy. The Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grants are offered for communities that may already be undertaking economic development efforts and allows local governments to pursue a particular facet of the Competitive Florida model without obligating to the Competitive Florida Partnership.

For more details on the process and provisions of this facet of the Competitive Florida Partnership grant, visit the Competitive Florida Economic Development Project Grant.

                                                                                     

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S & P Upgrades Citrus County’s Bond Rating

 

Standard & Poor’s (S & P), has revised its rating criteria for debt secured by non-ad valorem revenues.  This coupled with strong policy decisions by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), strong management and the County’s improved financial position has resulted in Citrus County’s 2015 Capital Improvement Bonds and 2010 Capital Improvement Refunding Bonds/Build America Bonds were upgraded from A+ to AA-.

 

The bond upgrades, reflect both the application of S & P’s revised criteria for U.S. state and local governments, and the improvement in credit quality of Citrus County.

 

“I am extremely pleased that S & P has increased Citrus County’s bond rating. This shows the efforts and initiative of the BOCC and employees to improve the County’s financial position.” said BOCC Chairman, Ron Kitchen.

 

The application of the revised criteria focuses on the county’s solid revenue framework and expenditure flexibility, moderate carrying costs, and low long-term liability burden. Credit improvement centers on a demonstrated ability to manage through long periods of revenue decline and to rebuild reserves, providing a better cushion to manage through economic cycles.

 

“The announcement of S & P to increase Citrus County’s bond rating demonstrates the Board of County Commissioners commitment to make tough decisions that will provide for the County’s continued financial health.” commented County Administrator, Randy Oliver.

 

Citrus County’s solid revenue raising ability and expenditure flexibility provide it with a high inherent budget flexibility to maintain reserves at a consistent level. S & P believes the county would undertake the necessary actions to manage through economic cycles as it has done in the past.

 

For more information on the bond refunding, please call the Management and Budget Office at 527-5207.                                                                                      

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Join Commissioner Ron Kitchen for a Town Hall Meeting in Beverly Hills on March 22

 

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Kitchen will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Thursday, March 22, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills, FL 34465 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.

 

The schedule for Commissioner Kitchen’s upcoming Town Hall Meetings is as follows:

 

Thursday, April 5 – Citrus Springs Community Center

Thursday, April 12 – Homosassa Library

Thursday, May 3 – Coastal Region Library *Please note date change*

(All events will be held 5:30pm to 7:00pm and are open to the public.)

 

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

 

For more information on Citrus County visit our website, http://www.citrusbocc.com/

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What’s New at Citrus County Community Centers

 

The Senior Community Centers in Citrus County provide meeting places throughout the County for Citrus County residents of all ages. Centers offer people a place to go for nutritious meals, social activities and an array of programs such as health screenings, health and consumer education, creative arts, computer classes, dancing, exercises, and more!

 

The centers provide a friendly atmosphere bringing fun, laughter and companionship into the lives of our senior citizens. The centers also offer volunteer opportunities where people can contribute their experience and skills in meaningful ways.

 

Here are just a few of the exciting programs being offered at area Centers in 2018:

 

Zumba Gold at East Citrus Community Center

Moving, Grooving, and Smiling.  Classes can be done sitting or standing.      

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. 

Cost $5.00 per 1-hour session.

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

 

Art Classes with Lucy at Central Citrus Community Center

Learn how to sketch and paint.  All materials provided.

Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

Cost $20.00 a month.

Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (3520 527-5993.

Hawaiian Dance with Carolyn Derrico - Learn authentic Hawaiian Dances! (three locations)

Mondays at 9:30 a.m.  Cost $5.00

East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Inverness, FL 

For more information, contact Crystal at (352)344-9666

 

Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.  

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center - 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

 

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

 

 

Belly Dance Lessons with Carolyn Derrico (two locations)

Tuesdays at 11:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

West Citrus Community Center – 8940 W. Veterans Dr., Homosassa, FL

 For more information, contact John at (352) 795-3931

 

Thursdays at 2:15 p.m. 

Cost $5.00

Central Citrus Community Center – 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, FL

For more information, contact Kriss at (352) 527-5993

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Why We’re for Water

 

Arguably, water is cheap. The Citrus County Department of Water Resources’ water costs less than one cent per gallon for the first 10,000 gallons, including its base water charge. Compare that to the cost of bottled water at the store, or filling up at your local gas station, and it becomes apparent that water, one of our most precious natural resources, is a bargain.

But while the cost is low, the stakes are high. In some communities, the water supply might seem abundant, but often that’s not the case.  According to the Southwest Florida Water Management District, its northern region groundwater percentiles have fallen below the 20th percentile 5 out of the last ten years. 

So what’s a concerned citizen to do? Start by standing up for water.  You can join thousands of your neighbors supporting the We’re for Water Campaign, organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense program, and by making simple changes at home.

If your home has an automatic irrigation system, examine its schedule.  On average, fifty percent of irrigation is wasted due to over watering and other inefficiencies.  Begin by adopting a seasonal irrigation schedule such as one day per week irrigation during rainy season months of late May to mid-October, as well as one irrigation day every fourteen days during the winter months of December, January and February. 

“The most frugal watering method is only applying ½ to ¾” of irrigation when 30-50% of the lawn shows signs of need like grass blades folded in half lengthwise or foot prints lingering in the lawn, said Debra Burden, water conservation manager with the Citrus County Department of Water Resources.  Then, set the seasonal irrigation schedule while away from the home for extended periods,” she added.  Those that prefer to set the controller and forget it, consider installing a Water Sense labeled controller that acts like a thermostat for the lawn by automatically adjusting for weather and season.  A $150 account credit is available to Citrus County Utilities customers that install qualifying controllers.   

Inside the home, the average American water use is about 100 gallons day.  It’s easy to find a few gallons to spare with these three simple steps: Check. Twist. And replace.

First, check toilets to reveal any silent leaks. Easy-to-fix household leaks can waste enough water each year to fill a backyard swimming pool. Just add a few drops of food coloring in the toilet tank and wait 10 minutes before flushing.  If dye appears in the toilet bowl, your toilet has a leak. If you find a leak, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/fixaleak for do-it-yourself repair tips or contact a plumbing professional.

Second, if you don’t have them already, twist an aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow.  Faucet aerators cost as little as a few dollars and can save a household more than 500 gallons each year—enough to do 14 loads of laundry. For confidence that an aerator will have your faucet using 30 percent less water while still flowing with force, look for the WaterSense label, which is only awarded to products independently tested and certified to meet EPA’s water efficiency and performance criteria.  The Citrus County Department of Water Resources’ Lecanto office offers free aerators to county citizens that mention the “We’re for Water” campaign.

Third, replace your old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, which helps you shrink your water footprint while still enjoying a satisfying shower.  Making this switch not only reduces a household’s water use by 2,300 gallons annually, but also saves enough energy from heating less water to power a television for a year.  Accompanying savings on utility bills are an added bonus.

 

“We forget the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” – Jacques Cousteau

 

Want to do more? Then visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/conservation and take the “I’m for Water” pledge.

 

WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products and services.


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Two Citrus County Projects Receive Funding from the Fighting for Florida’s Future Budget

 

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems. This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds. Combined with match funding from Florida’s water management districts and local partners, the investment in springs projects statewide will total more than $94 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

 

“Thanks to the continued commitment of Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature in securing a dedicated funding source for springs restoration and protection, we can continue to focus on completing strategic acquisitions and projects that will produce real benefits for our spring systems,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and Legislature, the water management districts and partners in the environmental, agricultural and local communities to conserve and protect Florida’s iconic springs.”

 

“This funding allows our district scientists to continue the important work of protecting our water resources,” said Brian Armstrong, P.G., executive director of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. “We are thankful to Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for their financial commitment to ensure these environmental treasures are protected for future generations of Floridians.” The project development process is a collaborative effort among the department, water management districts, community leaders and local stakeholders. Projects are selected based on pollutant reduction, water conservation, cost effectiveness and available matching dollars.

 

The following are the two selected projects for Citrus County, Kings Bay:

 

Citrus County Advanced Wastewater Treatment Upgrades: A total of $1.5 million in collaborative funding will be used for construction upgrades to the existing Brentwood Wastewater Treatment Facility to produce advanced wastewater treatment level reclaimed water. This project will result in an estimated total nutrient reduction of 13,698 pounds of nitrogen per year.

 

Citrus County Northwest Quadrant Sewer Extension: A total of $6 million in collaborative funding will be used for sewer main expansion construction within the Northwest quadrant of Citrus County primarily serviced by septic systems. This sewer main extension will route up to 2 million gallons per day of wastewater flows to the Meadowcrest Wastewater Treatment Facility to produce additional high-quality reclaimed water flows to be sent to the Duke Energy Crystal River Power Complex. This project will result in an estimated total nutrient reduction of 87,791 pounds of nitrogen per year.

 

A complete list of the springs protection projects funded by the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget can be found at:

http://www.flgov.com/2017/08/07/gov-scott-announces-50-million-for-springs-restoration-projects-across-florida/These projects will be considered by the water management district Governing Boards as part of their upcoming budget hearings.

                                                                       

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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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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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