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Top Video: County looks to ban E-Cigs

Robby Douglas,
Editor

Having banned fracking in Citrus County, the Citrus County commission is now getting the vapors over electronic cigarettes, or E-Cigs.

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County excceds state recycling goals

Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

For the year 2015, Citrus County exceeded the 50% Florida State interim goal by achieving a recycling rate of 52 percent.

Bonds bring savings to county

Special to Citrus Daily

On Thursday, Citrus County will close on the Water and Wastewater System Revenue and Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016.

The County issued $44,485,000 million Water and Wastewater revenue and revenue refunding bonds, Series 2016.

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Carnahan certified by FAC

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan

Special to Citrus Daily

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) presented Citrus County Commissioner Scott Carnahan with the Certified County Commissioner (CCC) designation following his completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association.

Proposed county budget available online July 15

Citrus County Administrator Randy Oliver will release his proposed budget for Fiscal 2016-17 on Friday, July 15, and citizens will be able to view these documents on the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) website www.citrusbocc.com  after noon.

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Top Video: Part-Time Insurance

Commissioners Scott Adams, Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen and Dennis Damato.

The Citrus County Commission voted 3-2 to allow part-time county employees to continue receiving insurance benefits until they leave county service.

But part-timers who will follow them won't receive that insurance.

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Top Video: Marketing Citrus County

Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams asks Commissioner Ron Kitchen, who also chairs the county's Tourism Development Center, to not target groups for advertisement. Instead, he said, the county should only be advertised generically.

A $4,000 ad inviting the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) community to visit Citrus County drew fire from Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams.

Adams said he had hundreds of supporters wanting the county to stop advertising to specific groups.

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County passes anti-fracking ordinance

Citrus County commissioners vote 5-0 to not allow fracking anywhere in the county. (June 14, 2016)


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday unanimously passed its anti-fracking ordinance.

Up to this point, 11 Florida counties have passed anti-fracking ordinances. A large political block, "Floridians Against Fracking" has been a major contributor to the movement to ban all fracking in the state.

Halls River bridge getting new tech in makeover

The halls River Bridge on Citrus County Road 490-A is getting a makeover.

As it sits today, it's certainly no spring chicken, having been built in 1954.

Wastewater treatment to include nitrogen removal

Dennis Damato

Citrus County is taking steps to remove nitrogen from the county's springs and springs shed areas in cooperation with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

County names new public info officer

Cynthia OswaldCitrus County Administrator Randy Oliver has named Cynthia Oswald as the new Public Information Officer.

Public rebuffs county's $335 million repaving price tag

Citrus County Commissioner Dennis Damato.The public got its dander up at Tuesday's Citrus County Commission meeting.

When commissioners revealed that the county needed $335 million to pave residential roads, members of the public spoke loudly and en masse.

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County begins access to Suncoast Parkway 2 interchanges

The Suncoast Parkway 2, which the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced will begin construction this summer, will have interchange access ramps at both Cardinal Street and State Road 44.

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County emergency management exercise drills down to storm mode

Members of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Team and community leaders joined together for a drill that focused on hurricane preparedness and evacuation plans and action. (May 18 2016. PHOTO: Citrus County Sheriff's Office).

Citrus County is ready if a storm comes our way this hurricane season.

And to keep all skills sharp, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Management team joined with community leaders to engage in an exercise to make sure everyone is on the same page whenever a storm strikes the county.

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SWFWMD to restore eroded Three Sisters shoreline

A manatee feeds on tree roots at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Fla.

By SWFWMD Water Matters Blog writer

Surrounding the crystal waters of Three Sisters Springs, visitors can easily spot exposed tree roots and an eroded shoreline.

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County grapples with fire funding

FROM LEFT: Commissioners Joe Meek; Ron Kitchen; Scott Adams; Scott Carnahan and Dennis Damato.The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to proceed with the creation of a special taxing district to help fund fire services in the unincorporated portion of Citrus County.

The Inverness City Council on Monday voted to no longer participate in the county's MSBU, which helps fund personnel and equipment for the county's fire service, which falls under the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

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County won't move Inverness veterans memorials

War memorials in Inverness FloridaIf the unanimous vote today of the Citrus County Commission is any indicator, plans to move veterans memorials from the front of the Historic Old Courthouse in Inverness aren't going anywhere.

Commissioners voted 5-0 to not go ahead with moving the memorials to the back of the courthouse, where some groups had lobbied for the landmarks to be relocated to.

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County denies Halls River Road project application

The Citrus County Commission today denied a project planned for West Halls River Road in Homosassa by a 5-0 vote.

A number of environmental groups and nearby residents in the area combined to ask the commission to deny the application. And it was a packed house.

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County revisits fire services funding


The Citrus County Commission today revisited funding for the county fire services during its public workshop set up for that purpose.

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Hernando/Citrus MPO names new executive director


The Hernando/Citrus MPO has announced the appointment of Dennis L. Dix, AICP, as its new MPO Executive Director.

Dix has served as the MPO Coordinator since its inception in 1992, and brings 29 years of professional transportation and land use planning experience to this position.

Dix earned his Bachelors of Science in Geography from Florida State University and his Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of South Florida. Additionally, he has one year of post graduate studies in Management Science.

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