Leadership Citrus aids local restoration efforts

Each Leadership Citrus class votes on a community project and this year, after an overwhelming vote, the class chose to give their time and energy to the restoration efforts started by H.D Bassett and Frank Peters of the Duval House Trust.

The house was built by John Paul Formy-Duval in 1866.

Two additions were made to the structure in later years. The Duval House Trust plans to remove the two additions and restore the structure as accurately to its original condition as possible.

"The Floral City Heritage Council should be commended for their vision to retain and enhance Floral City's roots by restoring the Duval House," said Katie Mehl, Public Relations Coordinator at Citrus Memorial Health System.

"The 2013 Leadership Citrus class chose this project to lend a hand in preserving an important part of Citrus County's history so future generations can enjoy a look back into the days when Floral City was a boomtown with a population larger than Miami's."

The workday is scheduled for Sunday April 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sgt. Ryan Glaze from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said that what he looks forward to most on the workday is the opportunity to help out and give back to the community.

"I am thankful for the chance to lead by example in order to help motivate others within the community to step up and be a genuine stakeholder within our community."

Those interested in more information about the Duval House or in assisting with the restoration effort may send donations to the Duval House Trust at 7188 South Duval Island Drive, Floral City, Fl 34436 or call the Floral City Heritage Council at (352) 726-7740.

About Leadership Citrus

Founded in 1991, Leadership Citrus is a highly successful community leadership program which brings together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences from both the public and private sectors.

The Leadership Citrus program is designed for those who have demonstrated the talent, interest and desire required for involvement in community leadership roles.

Through discussion and interaction with established community leaders, as well as various experts, participants have a unique opportunity to examine the social, political and economic factors affecting community life.


FRONT ROW, FROM LEFT: Isaac Baylon, Century 21 – JW Morgan. SECOND ROW, FROM LEFT: Terri Hartman, Crossland Realty; Laura Grady, Citrus 95.3 and The Fox 96.7; Sunshine Arnold, University of Florida Child Protection Team;  Courtney Pollard, Citrus County Chronicle; Sherri Parker, Sherri C. Parker and Assoc. Realtors. THIRD ROW, FROM LEFT: Cathy Edmisten, Oak Hill Hospital; Melissa Wood, Citrus County Health Department; Mike Duca, Rockmonster, Inc; Melissa Benefield, Abitare Paris Salon and Spa. FOURTH ROW, FROM LEFT: Lindsay Blair, Citrus County BOCC; Meghan Shay, The Centers; Katie Mehl, Citrus Memorial Health System; Ryan Glaze, Citrus County Sheriff's Office; John Steelfox, Citrus County Property Appraiser's Office. BACK ROW: Gailen Spinka, Comfort Keepers;  Cindi Fein, Citrus County Chamber of Commerce; Mike Buchanan, Excel Printing.