County Announcements

Restriping to begin at Crystal River Airport


Citrus County will begin restriping and remarking the Crystal River Airport runway and parallel taxiway beginning on June 15, 2017.  The County is piggybacking on the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) statewide contract with Hi-Lite Markings Inc., to perform the work.  The project is being funded by a grant from the FDOT which funds 80% of the work and the County is funding the remaining 20% of the work.  If the weather cooperates, the project should be completed by June 20, 2017.




The closure of Green Acres Street at US 19 did not begin this morning due to ground conditions caused by yesterday’s rain and because of additional rain forecasted for today. The closure is now anticipated to begin Monday, June 12 at the earliest. We will update when the closure is imminent or already in place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the notice and today’s cancelation.


Green Acres Street to be closed at US 19 Thursday morning June 8 through Friday afternoon June 9


W. Green Acres Street is scheduled to be closed on the east side of the intersection at US 19 for a sewer line installation from 7:00 a.m. Thursday, June 8 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 9. US 19 will remain open, but drivers will not be able to drive through the intersection at W. Green Acres Street. Drivers are encouraged to use caution while in the area.

Eastbound detour: Go south on US 19 and turn left onto S. Suffolk Terrace. Go north on Suffolk Terrace and turn right onto W. Otter Street. Go east on Otter Street and turn left onto S. Memorial Drive. Go north on Memorial Drive to W. Green Acres Street.

Westbound detour: Take W. Green Acres Street to S. Memorial Drive. Go south on Memorial Drive and turn right onto W. Otter Street. Go west on Otter Street and turn left onto S. Suffolk Terrace. Go south on Suffolk Terrace to US 19.


Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series Begins at the Beach!


The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council is pleased to announce the 3rd annual summer Music at the Museum Concert Series. The series kicks off with a tribute to the Beach Boys on Thursday, June 15. Peter Alden and the Corvairs will perform as the Beach Boys at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Come dressed in your best 60s and 70s beach wear and you may win a ticket to a future show!  Call 352.341.6428 to reserve seats.


Thursday, July 20th Brian McCullough will treat us to a duo tribute show of classic Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty tunes. Brian has been traveling and perfecting the beautiful and challenging songs of Orbison and Twitty since 1995. In addition to McCullough’s full band, a special not-to-be-missed guest will also be performing: Allan James, Roy Orbison's guitarist during the 1970s.


In memory of the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s death, on August 17th we will bring Peter Alden back to perform as Elvis! Peter Alden is from Orlando and has performed his tribute show across the U.S. and internationally. Alden has also performed countless lead roles in both dramas and musicals, but it was while he was involved in the production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” that Peter zeroed in on his calling. The musical focuses on an Elvis-style singer being drafted into the army, leading Peter on his lifelong journey as an Elvis tribute artist! He has worked for years to perfect his performance, in all ways – from vocal stylings to mannerisms; from costuming to stage presence – and fans all over the world who’ve seen his tribute not only appreciate Peter’s talent and dedication, but rank his tribute to Elvis as one of the absolute best in the world!


The fourth and final concert of the series brings in Valerie Gillespie, who has played alto saxophone professionally since age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Gillespie has played with national icons Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Joan Rivers, and Ray Charles.


All of these shows are sure to sell out, as have previous summer shows, so call (352) 634-3428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.


Our mission is to promote and provide accessible educational, cultural and musical events for residents and visitors, while maintaining the integrity of the museum, along with the preservation of the artifacts and collections at the Historic Courthouse Heritage Museum.


Master Gardener Volunteer 2017 Class Coming This Summer


Do you have a love of gardening? Time to share your passion?  A willingness to become a dedicated volunteer? Then the Master Gardener Volunteer Program, through the University of Florida/IFAS – Citrus County Extension may be for you. If this sounds like you, come discover more about this community volunteer educator program at one of the upcoming Get Acquainted sessions.


The program’s mission is “To engage a core of volunteers to assist the county agent in delivering information to residents on how to design, plant, and care for their plants and landscapes in a Florida-Friendly way.” starting with 12 informational sessions about Florida-Friendly Landscape principles. This hands-on program gathers individuals who enjoy learning and sharing knowledge about the world around them and helping others to do so.

Classes involve discussion, hands-on activities, and much camaraderie. Experienced educators create an energetic, enhanced, comfortable learning environment for both experienced and novice gardeners. Specific to Citrus County, topics include plant science principles, pest control (disease, weeds and insects), soil fertility, wise water use and plant propagation, among others.


With more knowledge under your belt, MG volunteers turn that into information for the public, whether it is working with school groups, managing the ½-acre demonstration garden (located behind the Lecanto Extension office), responding to resident’s gardening questions at the Extension office, or creating informational displays for use at the fair or festivals.  A $140 non-refundable registration fee includes a library of Florida gardening books and all course materials.


WHO: You and Your Novice and Experienced Gardening Friends

WHAT: The Florida Master Gardener 2017 Class

WHERE: UF/IFAS Citrus County Extension Office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Suite 1 in the Lecanto Government complex

WHEN: Two dates to choose from: Thursday, June 15 or June 22 from 2-3:15 pm

HOW: Call Extension to pre-register 352-527-5700


All Extension programs and services are open to all without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin or handicap.



The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will conduct a public meeting/hearing on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.


Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

·         SR 50 Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) - Update

·         FY 2018-19 List of Priority Projects (LOPP) - Adoption

·         FY 2018 – FY 2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) – Public Hearing for Adoption

·         FY 2016/17 – FY 2017/18 Unified Work Program (UPWP) - Amendment and Modification

·         Congestion Management Process (CMP) Performance Measures

·         Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Planning Grant Applications

·         Staffing Plan - Update


The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public hearing should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, AICP, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, extension 28014 or email


Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding is Open


The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council is open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants now through Friday, August 18. This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2017.

June 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

August 18, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

September 13, 2017 - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation

There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.

Special Projects/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote special events/projects which attract overnight visitors to Citrus County, thereby impacting the lodging industry. A “Special Event” is defined as any activity, service, venue, or event which is intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional Materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

·         Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

·         Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

·         Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

·         Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

·         Educate visitors about the different areas in the County

Grant funding was awarded to applicants in both categories during the last two grant cycles. In the second grant period of 2016, a Collateral Materials grant supported an informational brochure on the Withlacoochee State Trail; a Special Projects/Events grant was given to benefit the Homosassa Seafood Festival during this same period. During the last grant period in early 2017, a Collateral Materials grant was awarded to the author and designer of the Finding the Treasures of the Trail: Citrus County trail guide and a Special Projects/Events grant was given to help advertise the City of Crystal River’s Pirate Fest. These items and events were found to be beneficial to overnight tourism in Citrus County.

To apply and for more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at: Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified. Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.


 Extension Service offers food safety training

You don’t have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer.
This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations. The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years. Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health.

The next class will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017. Pre-registration of two weeks is required. It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 7 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam. There is no “test only” option. Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path. The Extension building is the first building on the right).

To register online:

Cost for the course and exam is $110. The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish. It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 6th edition textbook prior to attending the class. For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office in Lecanto at 352-527-5713.