Citrus County legislative delegation hears public input

Citrus County Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan, foreground, right, speaks to state Rep. Ralph Massullo, background left, and state Sen. Wilton Simpson.
Citrus County's Legislative delegation convened on Friday in the County Commission's chambers to hear suggestions about how they can help county groups and individuals during their terms in the state Legislature.

Trump wins presidency in historic upset

Donald Trump: I will be president for all Americans

Donald Trump, defying the pundits and polls to the end, defeated Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s presidential election and claimed an establishment-stunning victory that exposes the depth of voter dissatisfaction – and signals immense changes ahead for American policy at home and abroad.

Seventeen months after the billionaire tycoon’s Trump Tower entrance into the race, the first-time candidate once dismissed by the political elite will become the 45th president, Fox News projects.

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.


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.


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.


Voters speak minds at 2016 Primary polling places

The final unofficial results have been posted in Citrus County's 2016 primary races.

Depending on your political viewpoint, there were a couple of surprises.

Beginning with the U.S. Senator races, in which 21,832 total votes were cast, Marco Rubio outdistanced his rivals with 63.78 percent of the votes (13,924). Carlos Beruff was second, with 24.45 percent (5,339). Dwight Young took 8.20 percent (1,790 votes), and Ernie Rivera took in 3.57 percent of the vote (779 votes).

Suncoast Parkway extension to come after other work

OCALA -- The I-75 Relief Task Force has re-racked its focus on extension of the Suncoast Parkway and will instead target the interstate and other current road networks.

Meeting in Ocala on Friday, the six-county task force decided to put other work first and worry about any extension of the Suncoast Parkway later.

Royal campaign announces support for Prendergast

LEFT: Phil Royal. RIGHT: Mike Prendergast.

The Phil Royal for Sheriff campaign on Sunday night posted on its Facebook page that it supports Mike Pendergast for Citrus County Sheriff.

Royal, the frontrunner in the 2016 Citrus County sheriff race died unexpectedly on July 18, leaving the community and Royal supporters shocked and unsure of where to place their support in the upcoming primary election, the post read.

Top Video: Budget Talk

Citrus County Commissioners had a chance to comment on a first review of the budget for the coming Fiscal Year (FY 2016-17). The new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.

Dawsy backs Prendergast for sheriff

Citrus County Sheriff Jeff DawsyCitrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy on Wednesday announced he endorsed Michael Prendergast, who was formerly on Gov. Rick Scott's cabinet as Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Director.

CCSO employees to walk last leg of Run for the Money

The late Capt. Phil Royal is second from left in this photo.  (PHOTO COURTESY: CCSO)

Special to Citrus Daily

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and The Key Training Center have decided to finish the 2016 Run for the Money on Saturday,  in honor of retired Capt. Phil Royal.

Lecanto political forum remembers Royal

The Republicans of Citrus County Booth at the political forum at CF Campus in Lecanto. On the right-side of the table was a framed photo of Phil Royal (R). PHOTO: Robby Douglas, Citrus Daily. (July 20, 2016). Click image for larger view

Even though not physically present Wednesday night, it was plain to people attending the first non-partisan political forum that the presence of the late Phil Royal was still on the minds and hearts of all who attended.

The forum, held at the College of Central Florida's Citrus Campus, was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Citrus County and Citrus County Council.


Kitchen certified by FAC

Citrus County Commissioner Ron Kitchen

Special to Citrus Daily

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

Sheriff candidate Royal dies in Key Center run

Phil Royal, candidate for Citrus County Sheriff

Phil Royal, a candidate for Citrus County Sheriff, died Monday morning during "Run for the money," a Key Center fundraising event, at age 47.

His official website broke the sad news.

"Today the Royal for Sheriff campaign is deeply saddened to inform the citizens of Citrus County of the untimely death of Phil Royal. This unspeakable tragedy occurred as the result of a seizure Phil experienced while running in a charitable fundraising event.

Top Video: It's reigning cats & dogs at BOCC

Robby Douglas,

The consensus among Citrus County Commissioners on Tuesday was that the county's current animal shelter is a proper place for its inhabitants.

But reigning in costs, be it for the current shelter, or for a new one, is the rub.


Top Video: County looks to ban E-Cigs

Robby Douglas,

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


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.


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