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Thorpe announces new retirement date of Aug. 1

Citrus County Administrator Brad ThorpeCitrus County Administrator Brad Thorpe on Tuesday asked, and received, permission from the county commission to retire, effective Aug. 1.

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The Citrus County Commission on June 10 voted to allow County Attorney Kerry Parsons to hire an outside lawyer to investigate charges of alleged workplace harassment lodged by County Administrator Brad Thorpe.

On June 24, Parsons informed commissioners that an investigation of Thorpe's allegations has begun.

Thorpe alleged that Commissioner Scott Adams engaged in harassment of county employees, and Thorpe then informed the commissioners they were being put on notice of the alleged harassment.

Thorpe announces intent to retire on Sept. 26


Citrus County Administrator Brad Thorpe has announced his intention to retire, as of Sept. 26.

Thorpe on Monday sent a memo to county commissioners announcing his intention.

In the memo, Thorpe said the effective date of his resignation should give the Board of County Commissioners sufficient time to select a new county administrator.

Kenney: 'I did not have discussions with the mayor'


Citrus County Commissioner John 'JJ' Kenney on Tuesday told fellow commissioners and the few members of the public left at the end of the commission meeting that he had no negotiations with Inverness Mayor Bob Plaisted about a $335,000 grant to Inverness.

At the April 22 commission meeting, Kenney said that the county should give the City of Inverness the money and let political bygones be bygones.

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Discussion about road resurfacing morphs into tax talk


What started on Tuesday as a discussion about a voluntary county road-resurfacing plan soon turned to talk about a transportation tax surcharge, and a one-cent sales tax.

The conversation began during a Citrus County Commission public workshop about a county voluntary road-resurfacing project, in which residents along any stretch of road would have the chance to vote among themselves as to whether they wanted their road resurfaced.

Governor OK's joint MPO for Citrus, Hernando counties


Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday approved the Joint Hernando County-Citrus County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) planning boundary and voting membership.

This follows the establishment of the Homosassa Springs-Beverly Hills-Citrus Springs Urbanized Area from the 2010 Census, and months of local and state coordination and support.

Dean receives prestigious fraternity membership


State Senator Charles Dean (R-Inverness) on Sunday was honored as an Honorary Member of The Florida Blue Key Honor Fraternity.

The Honorary Membership was awarded to Senator Dean for his "outstanding ability, leadership and service to the University of Florida."

"I was excited to become a member of The Florida Blue Key," said Senator Dean.  "This organization has a fantastic history of service and giving to its community, the University of Florida, and the State of Florida as a whole.  I am proud to be a member of this great organization."

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Oak Village at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa is protesting what residents believe is encroachment by a nearby Hernando County developer. But getting someone on the county commission to listen was, at first, difficult. (March 11, 2014)

Recusals temporarily leave commission without quorum


In what is likely a first, the Citrus County commission temporarily lost its quorum on Tuesday when three commissioners recused themselves from a matter brought before the commission by Commissioner Scott Adams.
In fairness to the commissioners, Adams used his "commissioner's time" to bring to the commission several people at loggerheads with a Hernando County developer who, many Sugarmill residents claim, wants to increase his property holdings into Sugarmill Woods which will tax their water and increase traffic.

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The Citrus County Commission discussed an ordinance that would codify a code of coduct for civility and courtesy at county commission meetings, to in include language that would disallow political "zingers" and tighten the definition of allowable relations between commissioners and county staff. (February 25, 2014)
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'Code of Conduct' ordinance rife with 'zingers'


An ordinance that seeks to set ground rules for Citrus County commissioner interaction with county staff and others blew up on Tuesday when commissioners began arguing about specifics.

At loggerheads were commissioners Scott Adams and Joe Meek.

Meek gave what he said he believed was the need for the ordinance, after Adams had wondered aloud earlier in the meeting as to why the ordinance was needed in the first place.

Sheriff's Office puts out call for volunteers


If you have some time to spare and a desire to experience the inner workings of the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office while helping the community and your neighbors, then the Sheriff’s Office may have just the spot for you.

Webb ready to run for county commission again


Winn Webb may have not been elected sheriff over Jeff Dawsy last election time, but he is hoping to be part of the Citrus County Commission team at the end of the next election.

Those who follow Citrus County politics know that Webb relinquished his seat on the commission to run for sheriff in 2012.

But on Monday, Webb filed paperwork to run for a District 4 seat on the commission.

Once there, he said, he hopes to help calm the political waters on what some have called a turbulent atmosphere.

Adams blasts County Road 491 corridor plan


Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams on Tuesday blasted the 491 Medical Corridor plan.

Adams has been a vocal opponent of the project since he came to office, and Tuesday's meeting was a continued protest of the project to both fellow commissioners and the public attending the meeting.

Commission to restore 'public participation' ordinance


The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday voted 5-0 to restore the county's public participation ordinance to allow public comment at any time before the commission votes on an agenda item.

The commission on Sept. 24, 2013 voted 4-1 to change the ordinance to conform to Senate Bill 50, which puts public comment at the beginning of meetings.

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Citrus County's just-amended ordinance on public speaking during governmental meetings is still not going down well with some residents.

The latest complaints against the ordinance, which was modeled after Senate Bill 50 the county says, were lodged just before the county commission chose its new chairman, John "JJ" Kenney. (November 19, 2013)

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One Day before Halloween, the Citrus County Commission, in its dual role as the membership of the Port Citrus port authority, decided to proceed with recommendations offered by a port feasibility study consultant to further investigate port development.

For some members of the public, Halloween came when the authority decided to proceed, but public comments waited  until now to rise from the crypt, so to speak. (November 19, 2013)

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Since Citrus County began to comply with a state law that limits public comment to the front end of public meetings, Senate Bill 50 is, for some residents, living up to its nickname, "The Anti-Shushing Bill."

Theodora Rusnak, Citrus County Council, gives her impression of how the state law is going down with the public during the "Open to the Public" portion of the Citrus County Port Authority meeting in Inverness (October 30, 2013).

Port Authority consultant: Port Citrus feasible


The Citrus County Port Authority Board today heard from a TranSystems consultant, and the conclusion of the matter was that Port Citrus, at least as a niche port, is feasible.

TranSystems spokesman Rick Ferrin, project manager for the study for the TranSystems port feasibility study report, was formerly the port director in Jacksonville.

Adams explodes two political 'stink bombs' in commission meeting


Citrus County Commissioner Scott Adams on Tuesday set off two political stink bombs during the county commission meeting.

Adams objected to what he has traditionally considered as an improper ruling about recyclable materials and the county landfill, and he also objected to having taxpayers reimburse County Commissioner Rebecca Bays' legal fees after Adams lodged an ethics complaint against Bays for lobbying to have her husband involved in a county matter - a challenge that Adams lost after review by the State Ethics Commission.

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