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  after noon.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Dean praises ruling that protects rivers, springs

State Senator Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, today applauded a rule that affects rivers and springs in North Florida.

Administrative Law Judge Bram Cantor issued a ruling on Friday that upholds upholding the validity of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's proposed rules setting limits to protect and restore water flows in the Lower Santa Fe River, Ichetucknee River and associated priority springs.


County rolls out 2015 workshop schedule

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has approved a schedule for public workshops to be held in 2015 in an effort to share more information with the public.

The board identified seven key issues they wish to focus on over the first six months. All of these workshops will be held in Room 100 at the Citrus County Courthouse, located at 110 N. Apopka Ave. in Inverness.

Transit Orange Line offers free bus pass program

Citrus County Orange Line transit busStarting Jan. 15, 2015, Citrus County Transit will offer a free bus pass to eligible passengers who travel on the Citrus County Orange Line deviated fixed route.

The Orange Line operates Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Commission taps Oliver for County Administrator

Randy OliverThe Citrus County Commission has tapped Randy Oliver as its pick for a new County Administrator.

The commission's 5-0 vote came on Monday during a special county commission meeting in Inverness in the county commission's chambers.


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