News and Announcements

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet December 3

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, December 3rd at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. On the agenda will include Local Housing Assistance Plan (LHAP) Incentive Strategies, Special Needs Review, discussion on 2016 Meeting Schedule, and upcoming vacancies on AHAC.

This committee was formed to improve the housing situation in Citrus County by studying and developing projects, coordinating with county staff and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee meets every third Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee with respect to any matter considered at this public meeting or hearing, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any person requiring reasonable accommodation at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Housing Services, 2804 W Marc Knighton Ct, Key #12, and Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-7520 at least three days before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired, use the TYY telephone (352) 527-5901.

For further information, please contact Citrus County Housing Services at 352-527-7520.

Visitors & Convention Bureau Seeking Volunteers

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau is currently accepting applications for volunteers who enjoy meeting and greeting new people and have a willingness to work with others at the welcome center located in Crystal River.

Volunteers will be welcoming visitors from around the world and working to help make Citrus County a top-notch vacation destination. Volunteer opportunities include greeters, light clerical work, answering phones, directing guests to local establishments, historical sites, museums and more.

For more information, contact Deb Bloss at 341-6429 or email

Accepting Applications for Planning & Development Commission

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Planning and Development Commission (PDC). This board reviews development applications and makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on changes to the Citrus County Comprehensive Plan and Land Development Code. The PDC has final action on Variance and Conditional Use applications and also provides direction to staff regarding land use amendments as well as text amendments on development issues.

The Planning and Development Commission meets first and third Thursday of every month at the Lecanto Government Building. Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.

Applications which meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection. Applications can be found at and completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Citrus County Support Services Offers Adult Day Care Availability

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Support Services is partnering with the Key Training Center’s “Key Care Club” to offer an adult day care program.  This program is available Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day , and is held at the Key Training Campus in Lecanto.

The Key Care Club offers a structured and supervised setting in a pleasant, home-like environment, with daily activities designed to promote independence and self-esteem. Trained personnel offer assistance with personal care, provide hot meals and nutritious snacks, supervise self-administered medications and plan daily therapeutic activities.

Currently, there is funding availability through Elder Options Local Services Program to offer adult day services to men and women who can benefit from the services and programs at the Key Care Club and meet the grant requirements. They must be over the age of 60, have functional impairment, and not currently enrolled in any State long term managed care program.

Funding and availability is limited. Contact Citrus County Support Services at 352-527-5975 to sign up for services while space is still available or for any questions.

Nature Coast Volunteer Center Schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill on Tuesday, December 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section.

NCVC, the lead agency for volunteers and donations in Citrus County emergency activations, hosts the drill semi-annually to prepare in the event Emergency Management declares an evacuation. Volunteers are needed to assist with contacting the Special Needs registrants and verifying their contact information. In the event of an actual evacuation, Special Needs registrants would be contacted by volunteers to confirm they have transportation to evacuate safely. At the opening of this training session all volunteers will be briefed on procedure and a script will be provided for volunteers to follow.

All participants will receive a certificate of attendance and have the option of registering with the Volunteer Center so they may be called upon to serve during an actual evacuation. Refreshments will be served.

The training will be held at the Citrus County Transit Center, 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy. in Lecanto. For registration and more information, call the Nature Coast Volunteer Center at 352-249-1275 or e-mail

Citrus County Government Offers Flag Disposal Receptacle at Government Building

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: Representatives of the local AMVETS Post #89 are pictured outside the Lecanto Government Building as they install a flag disposal receptacle.

In cooperation with the AMVETS Post #89 of Homosassa, Citrus County now has a flag disposal receptacle located at the Lecanto Government Building. The local chapter is responsible for collecting the disposed flags on a monthly basis and retiring the flags according to the United States Flag Code.

According to Code, “The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way.” This applies to all American flags, P.O.W. flags, and State flags.

The flag disposal receptacle can be found at the main entrance of the Lecanto Government Building, located at 3600 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto.

County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving.

The county landfill will be closed on Thursday, and will re-open from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Hazardous waste will not be accepted on Friday, November 27.

Libraries will be closed on Thursday and Friday, but will return to normal business hours on Saturday, November 28.

All Community buildings will be closed both days. Bicentennial Pool will be closed on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, November 28, the Pool will be open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 29 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Parks and boat ramps will be open sunrise to sunset.

Animal Services will be closed Thursday and Friday, and will re-open at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 28. 

Road Closure at W. Grecian Drive

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Road Maintenance has closed a portion of W. Grecian Drive, from W. Manchester Drive to N. Walter Terrace due to a scheduled reconstruction project. This road closure will be in effect until further notice. For questions, please contact the Road Maintenance Division at 527-7610.

Health Department Releases Details on Food Recall

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

World Variety Produce, Inc. of Los Angeles, CA is voluntarily recalling Italian Pine Nuts 2oz and 3oz, 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. Italian Pine Nuts were distributed through retailers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. 

Recalled Italian Pine Nuts can be identified by the following descriptions:

Melissa's Italian Pine Nuts


Melissa's Italian Pine Nuts


2oz (57g) Plastic Bag

UPC Code


Use By Date (located on back panel)


Batch Code (located on back panel)


Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz


Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts


3oz (85g) Square Plastic Tub

UPC Code


Best Used By Date (located on bottom of tub)

041016, 041716

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.

No illnesses have been reported in relation to this product to date.

The recall was a result of a routine random sampling program by the FDA, which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the FDA and World Variety Produce, Inc. continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Melissa's Italian Pine Nuts 2oz & Wegmans Italian Classics Pine Nuts 3oz are urged to destroy and dispose of recalled product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at or call 1-800-588-0151, Mon-Fri 6:00 AM–6:00 PM PST.

BOCC Proclaims Veterans Appreciation Week and Veterans Day 2015

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher


(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with local Veterans and Veterans Services Division staff)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 27 proclaiming October 31 through November 15 as Veterans Appreciation Week in Citrus County and recognizes November 11, 2015 as Veterans Day. This year’s Veterans Appreciation Week has been set aside to “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans”.

On December 17, 1941, the largest war of all time and the most defining event of the 20th century. More than 400,000 Americans made the supreme sacrifice by laying down their lives so others could live free. It is fitting the citizens of Citrus County join in honoring our greatest generation of men and women whose service and sacrifice have enabled us to enjoy our freedom and way of life unique only to the United States of America.

Monday, November 11 is recognized nationwide as Veterans Day. 


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