News and Announcements

Training Offered to Become Animal Foster Home

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Animal Services invites you to attend an information/training session on becoming a foster home for shelter animals to be held on Saturday, May 16 starting at 2:00 pm. The training will be held at the Animal Shelter, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness.

Animal Services is seeking foster homes in which to place a pet that has been with us an extended length of time and requires a little extra promoting to find them a loving home. We also, from time to time, have animals who need a loving hand and a place to recuperate after surgery or recover from an illness. We also seek foster homes for puppies and kittens that are too young for adoption.

By becoming a foster caregiver to these animals you may get the chance to spend quality time with some tiny kittens, teach a dog how to love and be loved, or assist an injured cat or dog to get back on their feet thanks to your care and attention. It’s an immensely rewarding experience, and it saves animals lives in a very direct way. This training is required to become a foster caregiver.

Please RSVP to Billie Lombardo, Citrus County Animal Services Volunteer Coordinator at or call 352-746-8408.

Museum Music Series Finishes Season

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Music at the Museum Concert Series is finishing out this season featuring “LaGrange” a trio of Florida musicians on Thursday, May 21 at the Old Historic Courthouse in Inverness. LaGrange is comprised of John French, vocals and rhythm guitar; Paul Smithson, guitar, mandolin and vocals; and Joe Ramirez on vocals and electric bass.

John French has teamed up with Smithson to provide a fresh new sound to the trio LaGrange, and has built a large repertoire of original music which consists of a unique combination of Americana, bluegrass, alternate country, and folk. Smithson hails from Buffalo, New York though all three musicians have been performing on the Florida Folk scene for many years.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with music starting at 7:00. Tickets are $10 per person. Call 352-341-6428 to get your tickets today.  All proceeds benefit the Citrus County Historical Society, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, and the historic 1912 Citrus County Courthouse.

TBARTA Will Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) will host a telephone town hall meeting on April 29 at 7:15 pm to discuss regional transportation and the 2015 master plan update. The focus on this date will be for Citrus and Hernando counties.

Residents from all over the seven county TBARTA region will receive automated calls inviting them to participate, and anyone can dial in toll-free to listen and make their voice heard. The call-in number is 1-877-229-8493 and use call-in PIN 110-303#.

The official public comment period for the TBARTA Master Plan will begin on April 27 and end on June 12, 2015 at the June TBARTA Board Meeting. To participate in the telephone town hall meetings, review maps associated with the regional master plan, and make official comments, please visit

Biannually, the region adopts a strategic vision for transportation through the TBARTA master plan, in coordination with each of the seven member county leaders, numerous partner organizations, two FDOT districts, and many more public and private stakeholders.

TBARTA was created by the Florida Legislature in 2007 to plan and develop a multimodal transportation system that will connect the seven counties of the Tampa Bay region – Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota. For more information, visit

Health Department Releases Details on Food Recall

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Conway Import Co., Inc. is recalling Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing and Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), Endocarditis and arthritis.

Product was distributed in Illinois, Maryland, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Texas through direct deliveries.

The products were packed in plastic gallon jars with the mfg. code printed on the top of the cap and the cardboard shipping container.

Conway Organic Sesame Ginger Dressing Recipe Code N-22

MFG.CODE DATE: 28814....363014....030015....051015

Conway Citrus Organic Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe Code L-18

MFG.CODE DATE: 276014....337014

There have been no illnesses reported to date.

This recall was a result of a recall by Frontier Co-Op for a possible health risk from organic garlic powder.

Consumers and Media with any questions may contact Conway Import Co., Inc. at 847-455-5600.

Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in May

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in May 

Turf Basics

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on May 12 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Why do we need so much grass? What type of lawn do I need?  What is this stuff in my lawn? The sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target the varieties are highlighted during this workshop.  Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Florida Friendly Landscaping 9 Basic Principles

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on Tuesday, May 26 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. The University of Florida developed the 9 basic principles to establish a set of gardening practices which aid gardeners in creating sustainable and successful gardens.  These practices allow gardeners to create beautiful landscapes generating little or no impact to our water resources.  Selection of the right plant for the right location, efficient irrigation, proper fertilization and responsible pest management are several of the topics discussed during this workshop.   Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service Building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Citrus County’s Florida Yards & Neighborhoods is a public education and outreach program of the University of Florida funded by Citrus County Utilities.  Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices to produce a beautiful landscape.  For more information about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ visit,


Withlacoochee State Trail Named in Top 10 Nationwide List

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy announced Tuesday the Withlacoochee State Trail will be featured as one of 10 destination trails nationwide in Trail Traveler, a newly launched digital magazine, in its inaugural edition. This Top 10 List features multi-use trails chosen for their scenic beauty, historical and cultural attractions, welcoming communities and suitability for most ages and abilities.

Trail Traveler aims to inspire recreational travelers to go exploring outdoors by taking full advantage of the digital platform. Editor Laura Stark explains, “If you see a trail you like, you can click the links for our lodging and travel recommendations as you read along, and have your whole trip booked by the time you finish the article, so it’s very practical, too.”

The theme of the inaugural issue is weekend getaways and several of the stories include detailed itineraries and maps that pinpoint recommended places to eat, stay, visit, and rent bicycles. Each trail was handpicked by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a national nonprofit with a database of more than 30,000 miles of multi-use trails on its trail-finder website The selections span the United States, including trails in Alabama, California, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Trail Traveler, compatible with both iPads and Android tablets, can be downloaded in the App Store and Google Play. The cost of the issue is $3.99, and a free sample article is available.

The Withlacoochee Trail runs 46 miles through Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco counties. For more information about the Trail, please visit or

Citrus County Transit to Hold Public Workshop

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Transit, in collaboration with the Hernando-Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), will be hosting two public workshops to obtain public comment on the Ten Year Transit Development Plan (TDP), which serves as the guide for the future of public transportation in our county from 2016-2025.

The public is encouraged to attend one of the two workshops to provide input on existing and future public transportation needs:

Wednesday, April 29
Central Ridge Public Library
425 W. Roosevelt Blvd, Beverly Hills

Time: 3-5 pm
(Orange Line bus route: Beverly Hills)

Wednesday, May 6
Citrus County Transit Building
1300 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto

Time: 4-6 pm
(Orange Line bus routes: Crystal River, Homosassa, Beverly Hills)

The meeting will be held in an open house format. Staff and consultants will be available at these workshops to provide information, answer questions, and take comments. For more information, please contact Hernando-Citrus MPO at 352-754-4057 or

County Budget Office Receives Award Recognition

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced today the Citrus County Management & Budget Office is receiving the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current fiscal year. In order to receive the budget award, the organization had to publish a budget document that meets nationally recognized criteria as a policy document, as a financial plan, as an operations guide, and as a communications device.

According the letter sent by GFOA, this achievement “reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.” Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories.

The Management & Budget Office was also notified it was receiving special recognition of “Outstanding as a Communications Device”, which is obtained by receiving top scores by the individual evaluators in that category.

Please visit to view all county budget documents.

Commissioner to Hold a Town Hall Meeting in May

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Commissioner Scott Carnahan announced today he will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, May 20 for the general public to attend. The meeting will be held at the Floral City Library, located at 8360 E. Orange Avenue in Floral City, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

“During my campaign, citizens frequently commented how important transparency was in local government. I think town hall meetings are a great way to achieve transparency and it gives me the opportunity to talk directly with citizens,” Carnahan explained. “There are many citizens who cannot attend our regular Board meetings, but have concerns or ideas. This allows them the chance to express their opinions so I can bring them back to the Board.”

Commissioner Carnahan is encouraging citizens to bring forward concerns about the future direction of Citrus County and budget priorities, as well as suggestions on how to improve services and better meet the needs of citizens in our community.

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Tobey Phillips at 527-5484.

Application Deadline April 30 for Hardship Assistance for Fire Protection Assessment

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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.

Applications will not be accepted after the close of business on Thursday April 30, 2015. Applications can be submitted to Citrus County Housing Services and a determination will be based upon the provided information. If deemed qualified for the hardship assistance, the County shall pay the Fire Protection Assessment imposed on the qualified homesteaded property.

The following qualifications must be met to be considered eligible for hardship assistance:

· Applicant must be the owner of the residential property and be granted homestead exemption

· The total household income of all lawful occupants of the property shall be less than or equal to 30% of the current income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as adjusted for family size (income limits are listed on application)

· The applicant shall have the present intent to maintain the residential property as their permanent residence through the remainder of the fiscal year

· Prior to May 1 each year, the applicant shall file with Citrus County Housing Services an application and all supporting documentation to be considered for eligibility

· Applications submitted without complete and proper documentation will be disqualified and denied

Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted in person or by mail. No applications submitted by email will be considered. Supporting documentation for all occupants of the property from all sources is required and examples of documentation are included on the application. Copies of originals are encouraged and accepted. No documents will be returned. The property owner must be able to provide the Tax Parcel ID number when completing the application and signature is required.

The application form is available at Citrus County Housing Services, Lecanto Government Building, Citrus County Courthouse Administration Office 2nd floor, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Tax Collector’s Office and on the following website:

Send completed application together with supporting documentation to:
Citrus County Board of County Commissioners
Attn: Housing Services

2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12

Lecanto, FL 34461

For any questions, please call Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.


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