Tourist Development Council Schedules Media Workshop

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) is moving their regularly scheduled meeting to Wednesday, September 3 to provide an educational workshop to share how the Visitors & Convention Bureau works as a tourism destination marketing organization. This workshop will begin at 9 am at the College of Central Florida, located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway in Lecanto, in Conference Center Room 101. Public is encouraged to attend.

All TDC Board members and industry partners have been invited to attend this event, as the 2014/15 marketing and media plans will be presented and media partners will share their strategies on how to visually market Citrus County. This will also provide opportunities for tourism industry partners in our community to learn more about the media avenues available to them.

Visit Florida’s Vice President of Marketing & Sales Kimberly Faulkner will be making a presentation, as well as representatives from Madden Media, Collinson Media, Miles Media, BrandUSA, Disney radio, and Brighthouse Media Strategies. Highlights from Data Research Services will be provided by Walter Klages and Honey Rand with Environmental PR Group will be sharing their role in the marketing of Citrus County.

For more information about this workshop, please contact Adam Thomas at the Visitors & Convention Bureau at 352-628-9305 or adam.thomas@bocc.citrus.fl.us. For more information about the TDC, please visit www.visitcitrus.com .

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Volunteers needed for 25th Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Cleanup

Citrus 20/20’s Save Our Waters Week Committee in partnership with the Citrus County Aquatic Services Division invites you to participate in the County’s 25th Annual Lakes, Rivers & Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 from sunrise to 11:30 a.m.

Groups of two or more are invited to join other volunteers across the county in removing debris from the shorelines, waterways, lakes, rivers and ocean. Friends, families, neighbors, businesses, organizations and club members, all are needed to work together to help clean up Citrus County’s waterways.

To signup, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684 or Debra.Burden@bocc.citrus.fl.us. All groups must be registered by September 5. More information and signup forms may be downloaded at http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/waterres.

Cleanup supplies are provided at the safety meeting scheduled for Monday September 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Citrus County Lecanto Government Building, Room #166, located at 3600 West Sovereign Path (off C.R. 491) in Lecanto. This meeting will last approximately one (1) hour and at least one representative from each group must attend in order to receive supplies for their group.

The annual cleanup takes place each year on the 3rd Saturday of September all around the world. Nearly half a million volunteers around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes, rivers and other waterways! Come join us in doing our part in helping cleanup Citrus County’s waters.

The Citrus 20/20’s Save Our Waters Week Committee would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this very important event. Immediately following the Cleanup, there will be volunteer appreciation luncheons on both the east and west side of the County.

Be sure to check out all the great activities scheduled for this year’s Save Our Water Week at www.citrus2020.org. All activities related to water issues and/or education about the County’s waterways with many of them being offered free of charge.

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Citrus County Port Authority meeting set for August 28

The Citrus County Port Authority will meet Thursday, August 28 in the board chambers, Room 100, of the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness at 9:00 a.m.

The agenda will be available the week of this scheduled meeting. For those interested in reviewing the agenda, you can visit the Clerk of the Courts website here: http://citruscountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

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Road Closure at S. Washington Street

S. Washington Street will be closed on the northeasterly side of Roosevelt Blvd for routine pavement repairs on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Please contact Road Maintenance at (352) 527-7610 if you require further information.

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Citrus County BOCC recognizes Public Works employees

(Attached picture: Commissioner Scott Adams, Commissioner Joe Meek, Commissioner Dennis Damato, Kenny Stark, Rod Worthington, Commissioner Rebecca Bays, Commissioner J.J. Kenney)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners recognized two Public Works employees at their regular meeting on August 12 for their work in Santa Rosa County in May. Rod Worthington and Kenny Stark, both with the Division of Road Maintenance, were deployed to Santa Rosa County after Citrus County received a Mutual Aid Request for disaster recovery in what has been termed “Spring Time Flooding”. The two-man crew worked long hours in adverse conditions maintaining numerous storm pumping stations, and reports indicated they both performed their assigned duties in a very professional manner and represented Citrus County well. The Board of County Commissioners is appreciative of the hard work and dedication exhibited by both individuals.

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Citrus County BOCC recognizes National Sewing Month

(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety )

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on August 12 recognizing September as “National Sewing Month” in Citrus County. During his Presidency, Ronald Reagan proclaimed September as National Sewing Month.

Many sewing organizations across the country offer classes, special sales events, and participate in special sewing projects for charity events, bringing awareness to the community and its many needs. For several years, Citrus County sewing groups donated items of clothing to the less fortunate school children. The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Sewing Sew-Ciety has participated in the Two Good Soles since its inception, not to mention all that they have done for the homeless missions.

The Board of County Commissioners celebrates the participation of the local sewing organizations and the many valuable contributions they have made to our community, hospice patients, cancer patients, and veterans over the years.

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County Commission gives Service Awards to Employees


(Attached picture: Commissioner Scott Adams, Commissioner Joe Meek, Amy Engelken, Commissioner Dennis Damato, Twila Colia, Mark Edwards, Charlene Gray, Casey Stephens, Commissioner Rebecca Bays, Commissioner J.J. Kenney)

The Citrus County Commission at its regular board meeting on August 12 presented service awards to employees.

5 years
Casey Stephens-Solid Waste Director, Solid Waste Division of the Department of Public Works

10 years
Charlene Gray-Transit Driver, Transportation Services Division of the Department of Community Services

Amy Engelken-Community Services Director of the Department of Community Services

15 years
Twila Colia-Librarian I, Library Services Division of the Department of Community Services.

25 years
Mark Edwards- Aquatic Plant Control Director in the Aquatics Division of the Department of Public Works.

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Hernando/Citrus MPO to hold Public Workshop

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in the John Law Ayers County Commission Chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 North Main Street, Room 160 in Brooksville. The public hearing provides for the update of the Public Participation Plan (PPP). The required 45-day public review and comment period begins August 16, 2014. The public is encouraged to review the draft Public Participation Plan, which may be viewed online at www.HernandoCitrusMPO.us. and comment during the period.

Any questions concerning this public hearing/meeting or amendment process should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, MPO Coordinator, Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Tina Duenninger, County Administration, 20 North Main Street, Room 263, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 540-6452, no later than seven (7) days prior to the proceedings. If hearing impaired, please call 1-800-676-3777 for assistance.

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Animal Services Offering Discount on Adoptions

Citrus County Animal Services is offering free cat adoptions through Friday, August 15 for any cat that has already been spayed or neutered. Every cat adoption includes age-appropriate vaccinations and a microchip. There will be a $5 license charge for Citrus County residents. The price for unaltered cats is only $35 and includes spay/neuter surgery, all age appropriate vaccinations, and a microchip.

Dog adoptions are $60; $30 if they are spayed or neutered.

Kennels are open Saturday thru Friday 10:00 to 4:00 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 6:00 p.m.

Please stop by Citrus County Animal Services today, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness or call 746-8400 for questions.

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County names new Director to Animal Services

Citrus County Community Services will be welcoming Kevin Mallory as the new Director for Animal Services on Monday, August 11, 2014.

He comes from Pasco County where he served as Animal Services Supervisor for 14 years. Kevin’s experience includes management of shelter and field staff, budget oversight, organization of adoption events, as well as seven months as interim manager. He also assisted with writing and updating the policy and procedure manual in Pasco County, as well as their 2012-2013 Business Plan.

Kevin served in the United States Air Force for over 12 years in North Dakota and South Dakota prior to his career in Animal Services. He also worked as a dispatcher for two years in Emergency Communications with Pasco County Dispatch Center.

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