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Library system director shines in Tallahassee

Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head is pictured with Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

On November 29, 2016, by invitation from Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, Citrus County Library System Director Eric Head attended a Community Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee.

Homosassa garage fire causes moderate damage

A fire in a garage around noon on Monday at 5365 W. Minuteman St. in Homosassa caused moderate damage to the home there.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus Sheriff Fire Rescue units arrived on scene to find the single-family block-construction home with fire and smoke coming from the home's attached garage, and 60 percent involved.

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Saturday mobile home fire hospitalizes occupant

A singlewide mobile home was destroyed early Saturday morning by fire at 6590 W. Arter St.
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BOCC: Farm-City Week Nov. 16-23

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of the Hernando-Citrus County Farm Bureau. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald, BOCC Public Information Officer on Nov. 15, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on Nov. 15 presented a Proclamation proclaiming Nov. 16-23, 2016 as National Farm-City Week in Citrus County. 

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County's unemployment rate treads water in October

Citrus County's unemployment rate for October 2016 is unchanged at 6.8 percent from September's number, according to job numbers released on Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

At that level, the county occupies the fifth-highest spot in terms of unemployment ranking among the state's 67 counties.

Nov. 15 is recycling day

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives of Keep Citrus County Beautiful. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on Nov. 1, 2016)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has proclaimed Nov. 15 as Citrus County Recycles Day.

The Nov. 1 BOCC proclamation reads, "The citizens of Citrus County treasure the God-given natural resources of our waters, earth and air, that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and the beauty of our abundant plant life.

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FEMA extends filing deadline for Hermine claims

The state Office of Insurance Regulation announced this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended a 60-day filing deadline to 90 days for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders making claims from the early September storm, (commencing on Aug. 31, 2016 through Sept. 9),  that swept through northern Florida.

County Ok's fertilizer ordinance

Laurie E. Trenholm, Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to accept a fertilizer ordinance that will restrict the use of nitrogen-based fertilizers throughout the county.

Commercial fertilizer applicators are excluded under the ordinance. To address homeowners, the commission will amend the ordinance to allow residents to take classes to learn proper fertilizer application and thus comply with appropriate environmental laws. The amendment is expected to be presented at the commission's Nov. 1 meeting in Inverness.

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Homosassa home heavily damaged by fire

A Homosassa home on Thursday suffered extensive damage from a fire that appears to have started in the attic.

There were no injuries reported.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Division of Fire Rescue responded at 10:31 a.m. to the structure fire at 6154 W. Monticello St. in Homosassa.

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Citrus County September unemployment rate inches forward

Citrus County's unemployment rate continues to inch forward, growing better by only 0.1 percent during September 2016.

The county's rate was 6.7 percent, compared to 6.8 percent during August. Looking at the longer view, Citrus County's rate was 7.0 percent during September 2015. In comparison with the rest of the state, Citrus County is tied at sixth place with Indian River County for the sixth highest unemployment rate among the state's 67 counties.

'No Bullying' month observed in October

Community leaders, students, teachers, School Resource Officers, Explorers and more came together for Unity Day 2016. They all wore orange to fight against bullying. (CCSO PHOTO on Oct. 19, 2016)

An estimated 200 people on Wednesday gathered together at the Historic Courthouse in Inverness to show their unity against bullying.

And before that, on Oct. 11, the Citrus County Commission signed a proclamation making October National Bullying Prevention Month in Citrus County.

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Citrus County receives SUN Trail funding

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced on October 11 that Citrus County’s Dunnellon Trail Gap Connector has been selected as one of the first year projects under the Shared Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail program for $280,000 for Design and permitting this year.

The request to the state was for a bike trail and bridge over US 41 in the Northeast part of Citrus County.

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Citrus County Utilities wins EPA award

Deb Burden, Citrus County BOCC Water Conservation manager and Department of Water Resources employees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Citrus County Utilities with a 2016 WaterSense Partner of the Year Award as a leader in saving water for future generations.

Citrus County Utilities was honored at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016, for promoting water efficiency and WaterSense in 2015.

Governor advises residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Florida Governor Rick Scott advises state residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew's path (Oct. 4, 2016)

Governor Rick Scott today visited the City of Hialeah Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management officials as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew, a life-threatening category four storm.

Governor Scott also signed Executive Order 16-230 declaring a state of emergency for every Florida county due to the severity and magnitude of Hurricane Matthew.

Stone crab claw season opens Oct. 15 in state, federal waters

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters. To ensure this valuable resource is available for generations to come, take care when removing crab claws and follow all protective management guidelines for stone crab harvest.

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park reopens Oct. 1

Citrus County Road and Grounds Maintenance crews have been working diligently to complete some additional details such as signage, placing trash cans, sanitizing restrooms, raking of the beach, and building the wall around the septic station to get the Fort Island Gulf Beach Park operational. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald. Sept. 30, 2016)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

The Division of Parks and Recreation is prepared to reopen the Fort Island Gulf Beach on Saturday, Oct. 1.  

The park received extensive damage due to Hurricane Hermine the first weekend of September and has been closed to the public since then.

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A stitch in time

September 2016  is National Sewing MonthThe Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Sept. 13, 2016, proclaiming September 2016 as National Sewing Month in Citrus County.

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Scott asks Obama for disaster declaration

Southeast Paradise Point Road and Southeast 2nd Court

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Rick Scott on Monday requested that President Obama make a major disaster declaration for Florida due to severe storms and flooding that impacted communities and businesses throughout the state following Hurricane Hermine.

State honors Citrus Deputy in Tallahassee ceremonies

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was presented with the Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen in Tallahassee for the Florida Missing Children's Day ceremony. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office. (Sept. 12, 2016)

Citrus County Deputy Jonathan Behnen was honored today as Local Law Enforcement Officer of the year in ceremonies today in Tallahassee.

Citrus County plans Hurricane Hermine debris Collection

Cythia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Government anticipates the President’s signing of the Declaration of Emergency for Citrus County releasing FEMA funding for debris collection.

Citrus County is asking all storm affected residents to be patient as the process of storm debris collection is contingent on receiving this federal status.

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