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Truman Boulevard reopens after water break swallows car

A water main break in Beverly Hills caused a huge hole in front of 11 Truman Blvd. in Beverly Hills. A vehicle was stuck in the hole up to its doors, and then was completely engulfed. (PHOTO: CCSO on Nov. 14, 2016)

A portion of Truman Boulevard in Beverly Hills has reopened to traffic.

On Monday, a water main break ended up swallowing a car.

Temporary repairs have been made, Citrus County Road Maintenance reports. Permanent repairs to the road surface will be scheduled for a later date. The water main is owned and operated by Rolling Oaks, a private utility.

If you have any questions, you may reach the Road Maintenance Office at 527-7610.

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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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Fitch upgrades Citrus County’s bond rating

On Wednesday, Fitch, New York announced Citrus County Bond Rating has been upgraded to AA from AA- for the Issuer Default Rating (i.e. General Bond Rating) and to AA- from A+ for capital improvement and non-ad valorem revenue bonds.

Election Day 2016 voting returns bring a few surprises

Mike Prendergast celebrates his victory in Inverness with friends, family and supporters after being elected Citrus County Sheriff. (Nov. 8, 2016).

Election Day in Citrus County on Tuesday had a few surprises after voters had their say at the polls.

Sheriff Dawsy honored by county commission

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy

Retiring Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy on Tuesday was formally recognized by the county commission for his years of service to the county.

He was honored during a special time of the meeting with a plaque, with the thanks of county commissioners.

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Smiles, tears from trio of departing commissioners

FROM LEFT: Citrus County Commissioners Joe Meek, Dennis Damato and Scott Adams

It was the last public meeting on Tuesday for three Citrus County Commissioners, and there were smiles and tears as they expressed thanks to both their families and to county residents.

Departing will be Commissioner Joe Meek, Commissioner Dennis Damato and Commissioner Scott Adams.

During a special time during the start of the meeting, it was Commissioner Meek who spoke about his time on the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners.

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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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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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Hurricane Hermine disaster recovery centers open

Disaster Recovery Centers have opened in Citrus, Dixie, Levy and Leon counties to help survivors affected by Hurricane Hermine’s severe storms and flooding that severely impacted the state between Aug. 31 and Sept. 11, 2016.

Citrus County
West Citrus Center
1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd. Crystal River, FL 34429
Open Monday – Saturday

Disaster preparedness plans should include pets

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

There are many ways that you can be prepared to keep your pet safe during an emergency.

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.

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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Residents, businesses: Register for disaster assistance

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Homeowners, renters and business owners in Citrus, Dixie, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leon, Levy, Pasco and Pinellas counties who were affected by Hurricane Hermine are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

Obama declares county disaster area

President Barak Obama has signed the disaster declaration which provides federal disaster assistance to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Hermine during the period of Aug. 31 to Sept. 11, 2016.

The Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management will notify the community regarding the next steps sometime next week or possibly sooner.

County passes final 2016-17 budget

The Citrus County Commission on Monday passed the budget for 2016-17 by a 3-2 vote.

Voting against the tentative budget were commissioners Dennis Damato and Scott Adams.

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Councilman calls for equity in law enforcement fees

Crystal River Councilman Andy Houston on Monday appeared before the Citrus County Commission calling for equity in law enforcement fees.

Animal activists vent at Citrus BOCC meeting

Animal activists took their complaints about the Citrus County Animal Shelter in Inverness and it's former director to the Citrus County Commission chambers on Monday.

It wasn't pretty to watch, either, as the activists vented about the shelter in a variety of ways, which included harsh words for Tobey Phillips, a longtime Citrus County employee who was appointed to the shelter as its director.

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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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Commission passes tentative budget in 3-2 vote

FROM LEFT: County commissioners Joe Meek, Ron Kitchen, Scott Adams, Scott Carnahan and Dennis Damato.

The Citrus County Commission on Thursday passed the tentative budget for 2016-17 by a 3-2 vote.

Voting against the tentative budget were commissioners Dennis Damato and Scott Adams.

The tentative budget is $255,378,772 or a 1.75% increase from 2015/2016 budget of $250,983,322. The final vote will be held on at 5:01 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the commission chambers at 110 N. Apopka Ave. in Inverness.

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Kitchen elected to FAC post

Citrus County Commission Chairman Ron KitchenCynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Citrus County Commissioner and Board Chairman, Ronald Kitchen Jr. has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Board of Directors as the representative of District 10.

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