Public Notices

BOCC accepting applications for Enterprise Zone Development Agency


The Enterprise Zone Development Agency is currently accepting applications for one position.

The agency was formed on December of 2012.

This board discusses economic opportunities and tax incentives for businesses within the enterprise zones. The applicant for this opening must reside within one of the Enterprise Zone areas.

This weekend, change the face of time itself


With the time change this weekend - it's always a good idea to change your smoke alarm batteries, as well.

Remember to either set your clocks forward one hour as you go to bed on Saturday night, or you can stay up and change them on Sunday at 2 a.m. Either method that you choose to change your clocks, it will be your chance to "change the face of time itself," so to speak.

Meanwhile, consider changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms keeping in mind the tips below, which are provided by Citrus County Fire Services.

Traveling? Need a U.S. passport? There's a local solution.

By Angela Vick,
Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

Are you taking a vacation this year? Will you need a U.S. Passport for your travels?

The Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller can help you cross that item off the list. As a U.S. Passport Acceptance Facility, the Clerk accepts applications for new Passports and can also take the required photo.

Jan. 21 ceremony to mark CR 486 completion


The Board of County Commissioners and county staff on Jan. 21, 2014  will host a ribbon cutting event in celebration of the completion of Phase 4 of County Road 486.

The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the northeast corner of State Road 44 and County Road 486.

Representatives from Florida Department of Transportation, TBARTA, engineering and contracting firms will be present as well.

Comcast changing government channel beginning in January


Comcast has announced it is launching Xfinity for Inverness area residents around Jan. 21, 2014.

When that occurs, the Board of County Commission meetings will be aired on Channel 71 instead of Channel 9.

All Comcast customers, regardless of level of service, can view programming on Channel 71.

If you have questions about the upcoming changes to Comcast, contact a Comcast representative. If you have any questions regarding these changes and viewing the BOCC meetings, contact Tobey Phillips, Public Information Officer, at 352-527-5484.

County to host one-day energy assistance event


Citrus County Housing Services will accept energy assistance applications on a walk-in basis for one day only at The Catholic Charities Community Outreach Center in Homosassa.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 13, low-income Citrus County residents may visit the Catholic Charities Community Outreach Center, located at 9020 W Atlas Dr., Homosassa, FL  34448, to apply.

All applicants must be checked in by 1 p.m. to be considered. Ordinarily applications for LIHEAP are accepted by appointment only due to the demand for assistance.

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Change of Address for Citrus County Utility Billing

On Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, the location of the Citrus County Utilities Billing Office and the drop box will be relocated from 2416 N Essex Avenue, Hernando, FL 34442 to 3600 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL  34461.

CCSO announces license, safety equipment checkpoint


In an effort to reduce violations of Florida’s motor vehicle laws, Sheriff’s Office deputies will be conducting a comprehensive roadside driver’s license and safety equipment checkpoint at 1201 W. Main St. in Inverness.

CCSO alerts residents to Craiglist ad scams


If you are someone that enjoys the ease of advertising items for sale on Craigslist, you should be aware of the possible scams that are lurking involving prospective buyers of your merchandise.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office has been experiencing an increase of reported fraudulent activity through Craigslist ads.

The scam works as follows:

Duke Energy launches Florida Speakers Bureau


Duke Energy has launched a Florida Speakers Bureau to help customers better understand Florida’s energy issues as well as provide tips to help customers use energy more wisely and reduce costs.

“Energy is a vital resource that powers the economy and greatly enhances our quality of life,” said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president – Florida. “Through our speakers bureau, employees look forward to engaging our customers in a meaningful way about a topic that affects all of us.”

County accepting applications for hardship assistance for Fire Protection Assessment


In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 4, Citrus County has created a Hardship Assistance Program to assist residential property owners, who meet eligibility criteria, with the financial burden created by the imposition of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit for Fire Protection Assessment that was approved on July 23, 2013.

County accepting applications for mobile home or RV park vacancy adjustment for Fire Protection Assessment


In accordance with Resolution 2013-115 Section 5, each owner of mobile home or recreational vehicle (RV) park property will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the vacancy rate in space occupancy within such property and receive a vacancy adjustment to the Fire Protection Assessments that was approved on July 23, 2013.

Fingerprinting resumes at EOC in Lecanto


Fingerprinting services have now resumed at the Citrus County Sheriff's Office's Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto.

Thank you to everyone for their patience while the equipment was being repaired.

For further information, call Deputy Andy McEwen at (352) 527- 3701.

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County veterans office looking for transitioning veterans


The Citrus County Veterans Services (CCVSO) Office is looking for veterans who have recently transitioned from the military (or returning reservist from tours of active duty) to Citrus County within the past two years.

Veterans Services is requesting that veterans and their spouses call to be placed on a list for an upcoming seminar. The CCVSO will be discussing what benefits or services you need to help ease your transition.

County adds drop-off recycling center in Citronelle


Citrus County' solid waste division has added a new recycling erop-off center has been added in Citronelle, in northwest part of the county.

The new site is located just to the east of Citronelle Park, about 500 feet east of North Citrus Avenue (County Road 495) on West Dunklin Street in Citronelle.

The county said the location was intended to enhance customer service, and will provide an opportunity to recycle in a portion of the county previously underserved.

The following materials are accepted at the Center:

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Smoke alarm program for seniors announced


The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners, Nature Coast Volunteer Center, has been awarded the Communities for a Lifetime grant from the state of Florida Department of Elder Affairs.

The purpose of this program is to provide and install smoke alarms through the month of June for seniors in need age 60 and older. The overall objective is to help at-risk seniors age in place safely and independently.

Sheriff’s Office announces changes to Reverse 911 CodeRED system


For almost ten years now, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section has been utilizing 
CodeRED, a reverse 911 system, to alert citizens reference emergency situations and important information.

The system uses phone numbers from the Sheriff’s Office 911 database to call residents when necessary. 

Up until now, when someone receives a call from CodeRED the caller ID displays the phone number 999-911-9999. On June 1, that will change.

Pet food donations needed at Animal Services

Citrus County Animal Services is asking for the public’s help in meeting the needs of financially challenged citizens who own pets.

The goal is to afford those residents the ability to feed their pets. 

New schedules for Veteran Services questions and information


The Citrus County Veterans Services Department has announced a Case Manager will be available during the week to assist veterans to apply for benefits and provide information for other veterans’ benefits. 

County offices warn of information scam

The Citrus County offices of property appraiser and clerk of courts issued a joint statement today warning of a mail scam involving a Tallahassee-based company that seeks to charge for county information that is already offered for free.

Betty Strifler, Citrus County Clerk of Courts, and Geoffrey Greene, Citrus County Property Appraiser, are alerting residents to be cautious in responding to offers received by mail that offer services for a fee.

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