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Two Opportunities for Free Program to Prepare Your Garden for the Summer Storm Season

Coastal Springs Library on Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00pm.
Central Ridge Library on Thursday, August 9 at 10:30 am. 
    As summer winds into fall, Florida’s hurricane storm season kicks into full gear. After assuring indoor preparations are complete, don’t forget to take some storm preparations outdoors too. Join UF Extension experts for advice on protecting your home at an informative discussion. Pre-registration for free program is appreciated but not required at 352-527-5700.  
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County Offices Closed in Observance of the 4th of July Holiday

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in observance of July 4 Holiday.
• The Citrus County Central Landfill will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. For more information on landfill hours, call 527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm
• All branches of the Citrus County Library System will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Normal hours will resume the next day.
• Citrus County Transit will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
• Animal Services will be closed Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
• Veterans Services Office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

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Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding is Now 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 Thursday, August 23. This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2018.

 

June 2018 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

August 23, 2018 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

September 12, 2018 - 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 these grant programs 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

•             Educate visitors to the different areas in the County

 

For more details on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at: http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm. 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.

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Florida Department of Transportation advises of night lane closures on US 19 Suncoast Blvd

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) advises that periodic lane closures may take place in each direction of US 19 (Suncoast Boulevard) from Green Acres Street to Jump Court between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Sunday, June 17 through Thursday, June 21 nights.
 
For project information and to sign up for email alerts, visit the project web page at http://www.fdottampabay.com/project/110/405822-2-52-01

 

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Trailer Donated to Citrus County Animal Services

 

Photo Caption L to R: Laurie Diestler (NCVC Supervisor), Joanne Granger (Support Services Director), Sandy Plumadore (Friends Board Secretary), Morgan Woodward (Animal Services Director), and Bruce Chadbourne (Friends Board President). The trailer was purchased years ago by the Friends of NCVC and donated to Citrus County for use in emergency management and fundraising efforts by the NCVC Board. The asset was transferred to Animal Services recently to be used for storing crates and cages that they will be using in emergency situations.

 


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Free Florida-friendly gardening workshop

•  SOILS: The garden foundation

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on June 19, 2018 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  The components of Florida’s soils and geology need to be considered when making landscaping installation and best management choices.  The soils pH, proper fertilization choices and appropriate supplemental irrigation practices can impact the sustainability of our ornamental gardens.  Learn ways to effectively manage plants growing in sandy Florida soils.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

                       

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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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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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