Ebola a serious issue. How are we handling it?

On Thursday, after a week of pondering whether to have a single person coordinating the government’s response to the Ebola outbreak, President Obama appointed Vice President Biden’s former chief of staff to be in charge.


Citrus Chapter of Rolling Thunder, Fla. presents POW/MIA chair

Members of Chapter 7, Rolling Thunder Florida (Citrus County) present the National Chair of Honor to the Citrus County Commission in honor of POW's and MIA's.

The local chapter of Rolling Thunder, Inc., Florida on Tuesday presented a POW/MIA remembrance chair to the Citrus County Commission.

The chair, also known as the "National Chair of Honor" is now displayed in front of the elevated dais on which commissioners conduct commission business.

MPO to present transportation plan to county governments

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will present the draft of the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to Citrus County governments.

The organization plans to address the city councils in Crystal River and Inverness.

The dates of the presentation of the plan are shown below.

FEMA finalizes Citrus County flood maps

Citrus County residents on Sept. 26, 2013 study flood maps that will affect future insurance ratesFEMA has finalized, and sent to Citrus County, official maps of the local areas designated as subject to flooding.

County posts sales tax page online

"Cent for Citrus"The “Cent for Citrus” referendum was approved by the Board of County Commissioners and will be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Citrus County Fair Assn asks county for boost

The Citrus County Fair Association went before the county commission and asked the county for a boost.

The fairgrounds buildings are deteriorating, and the association, a not-for-profit organization is seeking a Florida Department of Agriculture grant to do something about that.


County to study feasibility of veterans assisted-living facility

An area of interest to the EDC is in the area where the Lecanto Veterans clinic is currently located, in the Citrus County Resource Center.

The facility would be called Veterans Village, the EDC said, and provide housing and convenient access to healthcare without having to travel long distances for care.

County OK's Inglis garbage intake

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday approved F.D.S. Disposal, Inc.'s request for the import of about 340 tons of solid waste generated from Inglis.

The agreement would allow execute a solid waste disposal agreement to dispose of the town's solid waste at the county landfill.

The contract would run through Sept. 30, for the import of the waste, at the rate of $40 per ton.


County OK's Fiscal Year 2015 budget

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget of $230,723,398.

That figure is a 12 percent decrease of $262,586,233, and a 4 percent derease from the total budget - excluding disputed taxes of $239,743,093 in FY 2014 by Duke Energy.

The 2014 budget anticipated an underpayment by Duke Energy of almost $25 million.

The countywide millage rates for FY 2015 are:

County commission votes 3-2 to buy Meadowcrest building

West Citrus Goverment Center (Meadowcrest Building)The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 to buy the Meadowcrest Building that serves as the West Government Complex.

Opposing the $3,300,000 purchase of the building were Commissioner Scott Adams and Commissioner Rebecca Bays.


Long-range transportation plan moves forward

The Citrus County Commission today agreed to move forward with its part of the Hernando-Citrus County MPO master long-range transportation plan.

Bluebird Springs to become home to county dog park

The Board of County Commissioners invites the public and dogs to attend the grand opening of the County’s first Dog Park at Bluebird Springs Park in Homosassa.

This event will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the park, located at 8950 W. Bluebird Springs Lane in Homosassa.


Animal shelter limits intake of animals

Citrus County Animal Services continues to be over capacity and will only accept owner surrendered animals when space is available.

Residents are asked to call 746-8400 during normal business hours prior to bringing your pet to the shelter to inquire about surrendering your pet.

Pet owners are encouraged, and should, ask friends and family for help in finding caring homes for their pets they no longer wish to keep or care for, county officials have said.

Top Video: CMH lease overview, Part 1

Debbie Ressler, Citrus County Hospital Board Chairwoman, and CCHB Attorney Bill Grant explain the details of a lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital to Hospital Corporation of America.

The CCHB, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, HCA and the county commission are also asking the state Attorney General for legal rulings regarding the sale of hospital real  (personal) property to HCA - such as medicine, bandages and furniture.

Citronelle recycling drop-off center closed

The Citrus County Division of Solid Waste Management reports that, effective immediately, the Citronelle Recycling Drop-off Collection Center, located on West Dunklin Street in Citronelle, is closed.

The closure is due to the high incidence of illegal dumping at that site.

Residents in that area wishing to recycle are reminded that the nearest recycling center is the Citrus Springs Recycling Drop-off Collection Center, located just off Citrus Springs Boulevard, one-half mile from US 41, in Citrus Springs.


County votes 4-1 to join in seeking A/G opinion

The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 4-1 to join in seeking an Attorney General's Opinion regarding the lease of the Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

Commissioner Rebecca Bays voted against joining in the request for the opinion, in which the Citrus County Hospital Board, Citrus Memorial Health Foundation and HCA are already on board.

Sen. Dean appears before PSC in Tallahassee

Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) appeared on Thursday before the Florida Public Service Commission’s special meeting to address the Duke Energy Meter Rerouting issue.

Senator Dean appeared at the meeting after sending a letter last week to the Commission laying out his concerns.

“I want to thank Chairman Graham and the Public Service Commission for calling this special meeting today,” Senator Dean said. 

County issues local mitigation report

As part of Citrus County’s continued participation in the Community Rating System Program, the annual evaluation of flood related mitigation actions identified in the Local Mitigation Strategy has been prepared by the Department of Planning And Development.

This evaluation is a part of the documentation to be presented and reviewed by the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 23.  

Sen. Dean asks PSC to consider Duke Energy meter policy

Sen. Charlie Dean on Tuesday expressed his concern with the Duke Energy meter rerouting program in Central and Western Florida.

Sen. Dean sent a letter to Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Tuesday outlining his concerns.

“As I have read news article after article where consumers are having to pay an exorbitant additional charge through no fault of their own, due to a decision made by Duke Energy which has extended the billing cycle for some customers by over a week,” Dean wrote.

Kenney ousted, Webb defeated in commission races

The Citrus County Commission race on Tuesday saw Commissioner John "JJ" Kenney unseated by former Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen in the District 2 race.

And in the District 4 race, former Commissioner Winn Webb, who had stepped down earlier in a bid for the Citrus County Sheriff's job, was also a primary election victim, as county voters showed they preferred his opponent Scott Carnahan.

In November, Kitchen will face Michael “Joey” White, who has no party affiliation.


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