Beverly Hills wins in latest battle over low-income rental housing

Beverly Hills residents and civic groups on Tuesday won the latest round in an effort by a developer to build low- and middle-income rental homes in that city.

The plan by Diamond Housing Partners LLC, which had been before the Citrus County commission on May 27 and June 9 seeking county approval to build 80 single-family units, was eventually rebuffed.

On Monday, by a 5-0 vote, the county again turned the $10 million project down, but for different reasons.

County OKs Kensington fire station for cash infusion

The Citrus County commission on Tuesday approved using the Kensington fire station in Lecanto to receive $500,000 from county coffers to beef up fire services.

The commission on Dec. 7 had decided to spend the money to help an overwhelmed fire services department try to improve under-served communities, but voted to wait until it heard back from Citrus County Fire Services Chief Larry Morabito as to which of the county's fire stations would receive the money.

Citrus County provides $500,000 toward immediate fire needs

The Citrus County Commission today unanimously voted to approve an additional $500,000 toward addressing fire service improvement by staffing an unnamed fire station to fill a hole in the current level of fire service.

The funding, effective immediately, will be drawn from the county's dwindling reserves and with funding previously returned to the county by the county property appraiser's office.

Neighborhood stabilization working in Citrus County

The federal government's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is working in Citrus County.

The program provides emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire and redevelop foreclosed properties that might otherwise become sources of abandonment and blight within their communities.

In Citrus County, 25 of 27 foreclosed properties have so far been rehabilitated so homes could be either sold or rented to low- and middle-income families.

Sheriff's Office looking for volunteer CPI receptionists

Right now, there’s an immediate need for at least 15 volunteers who are willing to share the duties of receptionist at the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Child Protective Investigations Section offices in Inverness.

Interested applicants are needed to work at least one four-hour shift each week to ensure coverage for Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the offices located at 2315 N. U.S. Highway 41 just north of the city limits. Shifts are available Monday through Friday, either from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, or 1 to 5 p.m.



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