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County works out space needs requirements

BOCC SealThe Citrus County Commission and the county's constitutional officers were able to make headway on Thursday in working out space needs to handle needs into the future.
 
Commissioners called the end result of the process "historic."
 
The need for more, or different, space by the sheriff's office, court system, Guardian Ad Litem, the Board of County Commissioners, Supervisor of Elections and Clerk of Courts has been a hot-button issu

'Save Ozello' effort targets rezoning push

No Rezoning sign for The Village at Pirate’s Cove in Ozello

Ozello, FLA. -– "Yard Sign Army" donated 50 “No Re-zoning” yard signs to the "Committee to Save Ozello."

The signs went quickly at the Committee’s June 17 meeting.

The yard signs are intended to amplify residents’ objections to a Tennessee developer’s application to rezone property from residential to commercial in order to build a multiuse complex.

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Team effort secures grant for Sugarmill Woods landscape project

Sugarmill Woods logo

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver was notified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on July 18 that Citrus County’s requested funding of the State Road 700 (U.S. Hwy 98/West Ponce De Leon Boulevard) landscape project was approved for $395,000. 

TOP VIDEO: Jim Bitter Bridge

Citrus County commissioners and members of the public joined together to honor a deceased local icon by putting icon Jim Bitter's name on the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa.

Altrusa celebrates centennial

Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month. (July 11, 2017)
Citrus County's chapter of Altrusa International is celebrating Altrusa Centennial Month.
 
Altrusa International of Citrus county, Inc. was chartered in 1985 to improve the quality of life in the community through service projects, to show positive membership growth, and to increase public awareness of Altrusa in Citrus County.
 
Citrus County Altrusa members have provided thousands of service hours to the community, while Altrusa International volunteers have provided more than a million house of service to other communities around the world.
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Halls River Bridge keeps name, but also honors environmental activist

The late Jim Bitter of Homosassa

Homosassa's Hall's River Bridge will still be called that, but there will be a second sign that honors longtime environmental activist Jim Bitter.

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County seeks donations for animal shelter

Donate food to me now !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.

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Prendergast reorganizes Sheriff's Office

TOP RIGHT: Major Danny Linhart and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. BELOW, RIGHT: Major Elena Vitt and Sheriff Mike Prendergast. (CCSO photos on June 22, 2017)
Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast today announced he has reorganized the sheriff's office.
 
Prendergast said his changes took effect immediately.
 
The move comes shortly after former Undersheriff Buddy Grant was placed on administrative leave after an anonymous complaint was filed against him and an internal investigation proceeds.
 
"I have evaluated what's best for the community we serve and how best to keep our officers safe," said Sheriff Prendergast in a media news release today.
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Law Enforcement Appreciation Week May 14-20

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with a representative from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners have proclaimed the week of May 14-20 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Week in Citrus County.
 
Law enforcement officers of Citrus County play an essential role in safeguarding rights and freedoms of Citrus County. 
 
They risk their lives daily to ensure each citizen can live in a safe and secure environment.

Students find leaky toilets

Sarah Cunningham’s 5th grade class of Hernando Elementary
In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.
 
Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. 
 
 “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet (leaking water on the floor),” said Forest Ridge Elementary 5th grade science teacher Kathy Kopp.
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Woman's Club celebrates 100-year anniversary

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 9, 2017 as the 100-year anniversary of the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Inverness (GFWC).

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness has been working for the betterment of Citrus County since 1917 and has been responsible for many educational firsts in Citrus County including the establishment of the first library and Parent Teacher Association (PTA). 

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BOCC proclaims May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from the Citrus County Senior Programs and local community centers. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on May 9, 2017)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on May 9 proclaimed the month of May as Older Americans Month in Citrus County.

Older Americans richly contribute to our community. What it means “to age” has changed – for the better. Citrus County is committed to supporting older adults as they take charge of their health, explore new opportunities and activities, and focus on independence.

For Fire Services, It's back to the future

Members of Citrus County Fire Services are sworn in on Oct. 1, 2011 to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office. At far right is then-Fire Chief Larry Morabito (Photo by Robby Douglas)

Six years after calling on then-Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy to take over fire services from the county in 2011, the Citrus County Commission has called it back into the fold.

The commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday during a special meeting to take fire services back, after complaining they had received little or no information that board members had requested.

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Work begins on Ozello Trail Bridge Hurricane Hermine repair

The first bridge west of John Brown Drive on Ozello Trail will have intermittent, minor repair work done over the next 30 days.
 
Drivers are asked to use caution, as there will be flagmen in the area and one-lane traffic when work is in progress.
 
Daly Zilch has been hired as project contractor to repair the damage from Hurricane Hermine. Call Public Works Engineer Mark Shroder at 352-527-5443 if you have questions or need more information.
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County gets national honors for permitting

National Association of Counties (NACo)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Law Week in Citrus County April 24-28

The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with Citrus County Bar Association representatives. (April 11, 2017)
The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners on April 11 declared April 24 through 28, 2017 as Law Week in Citrus County.
 
Law Week is an occasion of public acknowledgement of our Nation’s heritage of Justice, Liberty and Equality under the law. 
 
Promoting public understanding of the roots of our freedom is an important component in the civic education of the citizens of the United States, and of the citizens of Citrus County.
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Commissioner Smith speaks at Upward Bound student event

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was invited guest speaker at the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County’s Upward Bound program (March 23, 2017)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith was invited guest speaker on Thursday at the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County’s Upward Bound program on Thursday. Upward Bound is a partnership between the Rotary Clubs of Citrus County and Citrus County School District.

County to close public recycling centers

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan

The county is closing its public recycling centers.

The only place residents will now have to recycle will be the county landfillat 230 W. Gulf to Lake Highway in Lecanto, which the county said on Thursday will not cost residents a fee to use.

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