BOCC Proclaims Constitutional Week

(Attached picture: from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners is joined by representatives of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming September 17 through 23, 2014 “Constitution Week” in Citrus County. September 17 marks the 227th anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

The Constitution of the United States of America, the guardian of our liberties, embodies the principles of limited government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law. Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.

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Cent for Citrus Public Workshops to be held in October

Cent for Citrus public workshops to be held in October

Interim County Administrator Jeff Rogers announced today five public workshops will be held in October for the general public to attend regarding the “Cent for Citrus” referendum to be placed on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The 1% sales tax increase will provide funding for resurfacing and maintenance of all County maintained, paved residential roadways.

These workshops will provide citizens with information to make an informed decision. County staff will be at each meeting to answer questions and maps will be displayed to show recent road evaluations.

Lakes Region Library-Inverness
Wednesday, October 1
3-5 pm

West Citrus Community Center
Wednesday, October 8
2-4 pm

Coastal Region Library-Crystal River
Thursday, October 16
5-7 pm

Citrus Springs Community Center
Wednesday, October 22
5-7 pm

Central Ridge Community Center
Thursday, October 30
1-3 pm

For more information on the referendum, please contact Public Works Department-Engineering Division at 527-5446 or visit www.bocc.citrus.fl.us

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Fly Fishing Expo offered in Crystal River

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau announces Bob Clouser of Clouser Deep Minnow fame and Wanda Taylor, nationally acclaimed fly casting instructor, will each lead four skill improvement classes at the 2014 Florida Fly Fishing Expo to be held on October 10 and 11 at Plantation on Crystal River.
The non-profit Florida Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF-FL) sponsors the event. It features more than 50 fly fishing clinics, classes and workshops conducted by noted charter guides, casting instructors, and fly tyers. The Expo also features manufacturer exhibits, on-going fly tying exhibitions, and opportunities to see the latest fly rods and reels, lines, clothing, kayaks and other gear.
Clouser, an internationally respected fly fishing instructor and author, created the Clouser Deep Minnow, the most used and recognized fly in the world. He is renowned for his broad knowledge and experience in all areas of fly casting.
Clouser’s 90-minute workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday is “How to Cast Weighted Flies and Lines”. His 90-minute afternoon workshop “Tying the Clouser Minnow and More with Bob Clouser” starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Ms Taylor, the first woman to earn Master Casting Instructor certification by the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF), will teach Beginner Casting and Rigging Class for Women on Friday and Saturday morning class at 10:30. Instruction covers how to match fly reel and line to the rod as well as basic casting techniques.

Her 90-minute afternoon class “Intermediate Coed Casting” is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is for fly fishers who want to take their casting to the next level and her instruction includes how to make five trick casts to catch more fish.
Taylor, who lives in North Georgia, is the featured speaker at two scheduled Expo meals including the keynote speech at Saturday night’s closing banquet.
She also hosts and speaks at Saturday morning’s Women’s Breakfast with Wanda, which she will talk about how to get started as a fly fisher, how to become a guide, how to become an instructor, and even how to organize a fly club. “I think her breakfast will be one of the highlights of this year’s EXPO,” said Ruth Stokes, a director for the Florida Council of the IFFF. “Her goal is to make women independent anglers and she is an excellent role model for all of us.”
Admission to the family-friendly Expo is $10, which covers attendance at both days. Those 16 and younger are admitted free. For more information and to register online visit the website HTTP://WWW.IFFF-FLORIDA.ORG

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BOCC Proclaims Save Our Waters Week

(Attached picture: from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners is joined by Citrus 20/20 members and Debra Burden, Water Conservation Coordinator)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming September 20 through September 27, 2014 “Save Our Waters Week” in Citrus County.

We depend upon the quantity and quality of our waters for our personal hygiene, home services, agriculture, business pursuits and occupations, and our recreational assets including boating, swimming, fishing, and diving, the maintenance of which we mutually support. The citizens of Citrus County treasure the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and our beautiful abundant plant life.

For more information about Save Our Waters Week events, please contact Lace Blue-McLean at 352-201-0149, visit Citrus 20/20’s website www.citrus2020.org, or visit the County website at www.bocc.citrus.fl.us.

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Citrus County BOCC proclaims Child Passenger Safety Week

(Attached picture: Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming the week of September 14-20 as “Child Passenger Safety Week” in Citrus County. Research shows that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by seventy one percent and by fifty four percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed and used correctly.

Last year, an estimated 123,000 children under the age of thirteen were injured as passengers of automobile traffic accidents. For children ages one to thirteen, it is a leading cause of death. All fifty States, the District of Columbia, and our Territories require the use of car seats for children traveling in motor vehicles. These laws were enacted because they save lives and prevent injuries.

Citrus County is committed to working closely with our partners and safety advocates at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to help parents and other caregivers make the kind of choices that will keep kids alive and safe. The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about best practice when traveling with children. During Child Passenger Safety Week, and throughout the year, free car seat inspections are provided by appointment at the Early Learning Coalition office in Crystal River and the Inverness Community resource office at Whispering Pines Park. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to take advantage of this service and ensure that their children are getting the very best protection and are riding in the right seat for their age and size. A twenty minute car seat checkup could save the life of a child.

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Citrus County BOCC recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Day

(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Nature Coast EMS and Senior Service )

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 recognizing September 23 as “Falls Prevention Awareness Day” in Citrus County. One out of three adults age 65 and older will fall each year and this number increases to one in two by the age of 80.

Falls are the leading cause of injury death and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma. By the year of 2020, the annual direct and indirect cost of fall injuries in the United is expected to reach $67.7 billion. Older adults can remain independent and reduce their chances of falling through regular exercise, reviewing their medications with their healthcare provider, having their vision check annually and making their homes safer by installing safety devices.

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BOCC Proclaims September 2014 as Senior Center Month

(Attached picture: from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by Senior Center participants from across Citrus County)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming September 2014 as “Senior Center Month” in Citrus County, Florida. Senior community centers have acted as a catalyst for mobilizing the creativity, energy, vitality and commitment of the older residents of Citrus County.

Through the wide array of services, programs and activities, senior community centers empower older citizens of Citrus County to contribute to their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of their fellow citizens of all ages. The programs offered at these centers affirm the dignity, self-worth and independence of older persons by facilitating their decisions and actions, tapping their experiences, skills and knowledge, and enabling their continued contributions to the community.

We call upon all citizens to recognize the special contributions of the senior community center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community. For more information about senior centers in our community, please call 352-527-5975.

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Health Department Dental clinic relocating to Inverness

The Citrus County Health Department announced today the Dental Clinic is relocating to the Inverness Clinic, located at 120 N. Montgomery Avenue in Inverness in an effort to provide more accessible service for citizens. Dental Patients will be seen at this site starting on September 16. To make an appointment or for questions, please or 352-527-0068, press Option 1, enter extension 249. The Health Department staff appreciates your patience as they strive to serve our County more efficiently.

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County Commissiion gives Service Awards to Employees

(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Citrus County employees recognized for their years of service.)

The Citrus County Commission at its regular board meeting on September 9 presented service awards to employees.

5 years
Mary Shelton- Ground Maintenance Technician in the Parks & Recreation Division of the Community Services Department

Deborah Hurley- Customer Service Specialist in Library Services Division of the Community Services Department

Eddie Young- Medium Equipment Operator in the Road Maintenance Division of the Public Works Department

Catherine Ouellette- Executive Secretary in the Public Works Department

Julie Canada- Executive Secretary in the Water Resources Department

15 years
Katherine Ingall- Program Assistant in the Housing Services Division of Community Services Department

20 years
Todd Dunn- Information Systems Coordinator in the Systems Management Department

Eric Heath- Heavy Equipment Operator in Road Maintenance Division in the Public Works Department

25 years
Cathleen Winter-Kaminski- Contract Services Specialist in the Solid Waste Division of the Public Works Department

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Animal Shelter Limits Intake of Animals

Citrus County Animal Services continues to be over capacity and will only accept owner surrendered animals when space is available. Please call 746-8400 during normal business hours prior to bringing your pet to the shelter to inquire about surrendering your pet.

Pet owners are encouraged and should ask friends and family for help in finding caring homes for their pets they no longer wish to keep or care for. Other options include using social media and or placing ads in newspapers. You may also wish to check with local rescue groups. For more information, please contact the Animal Shelter at 746-8400.

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