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Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet August 4

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, August 4 at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. The previously scheduled meeting for July 21 had to be rescheduled to this date. On the agenda will be Hardest Hit, SHIP, CDBG, NSP 1 & 3, Section 8, Shelter Plus Care, and Emergency Solutions Grant.

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.

Hernando/Citrus MPO Technical Advisory committee to Meet August 5

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 5 beginning at 10:00 am, at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy in Lecanto.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include review of Suncoast 2 proposed trailhead sites, review of the Draft MPO Complete Streets Policy, and updates on draft regional trail maps.

All meetings are open to the public.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, MPO Coordinator, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.  The meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior to the meeting date at www.HernandoCitrusMPO.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 the County Administrator’s Office, Lecanto Government Building, 3600 Sovereign Path, Room 267, Lecanto, FL 34461 (352) 527-5214, TTY (352) 527-5312 at least two days before the meeting.




Hernando/Citrus MPO Citizens Advisory Committee to Meet August 5

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, August 5, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Hernando County Government Center, located at the Citrus County Transit Center, located at 1300 S. Lecanto Hwy in Lecanto.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include review of Suncoast 2 proposed trailhead sites, review of the Draft MPO Complete Streets Policy, and updates on draft regional trail maps.

All meetings are open to the public.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Dennis Dix, MPO Coordinator, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 20 North Main Street, Room 262, Brooksville, FL 34601, telephone (352) 754-4057, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.  The meeting agenda will be published approximately one week prior to the meeting date at www.HernandoCitrusMPO.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 the County Administrator’s Office, Lecanto Government Building, Room 267, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461, (352) 527-5214, TTY (352) 527-5312 at least two (2) days before the meeting.

Health Department Releases Details on Food Recall

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Osamu Corporation is recalling all of its frozen tuna (loin, saku, chunk, slice, and ground market forms) sourced from one processing plant in Indonesia because the Minnesota Department of Health Investigators found samples of this product from one retail location in Minnesota 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. Persons developing these symptoms should seek medical attention.

The frozen tuna was sold in bulk packaging to distributors who further sold it to sushi restaurants, and grocery stores who packaged sushi rolls made available for consumers to purchase and take home, throughout the U.S. from 05/09/14 to 07/09/15 containing all sequential four digit Purchase Order Numbers (PO#) of 8563 through 8599. The bulk frozen tuna products can be identified from the Purchase Order Number (PO#) printed on each product carton box end panel.


There have been two reports of illness associated with a single distributor in Minnesota.

Consumers concerned about whether the sushi they purchased may contain the recalled tuna product should check with the restaurant or store where they purchased the sushi. That store will be able to determine if it used the recalled product to prepare the sushi. At this time Osamu does not believe that the recalled product or sushi made with the recalled product is available for purchase by consumers.

Customers who have purchased the frozen tuna products from their distributors are urged to return it to the distributor for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-310-849-8881, Mondays through Fridays, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (PDT).

Public Invited to Help Identify Flood Prone Areas in Portions of Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve the identification of flood prone areas in Citrus County’s East Citrus Withlacoochee River watershed. Residents living in the watershed are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, August 4 beginning at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 1100 W. Highland Boulevard in Inverness.

District representatives will present preliminary flood prone area information, explain the basis behind the findings, and gather additional information that may be used to identify areas that are flood prone. After addressing public comments, flood prone area information will be finalized and presented to the District’s Governing Board for authorization to use the data for regulatory purposes. 

The flood prone area information can be used by local governments for land use and zoning decisions, to help manage development in and around floodplains and wetlands, to reduce flood risks, to preserve land and water resources, for emergency planning, and updating the Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  It will also provide valuable information to the public for decisions about purchasing and protecting property.

For more information or to find out which watershed you live in, please visit WaterMatters.org/FloodRisk/.  You can also call the District at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.

Central Ridge Pool Introduces Ticket Machine for Entry

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Parks & Recreation Division has implemented a new system for entry into the Central Ridge Pool. Money will not be collected, but instead, citizens can purchase tickets through a machine using cash only. No change will be given. The machine is located at the Central Ridge Community Center entrance and the entrance fees are as follows:

Children 4 and under-0 tickets

Children 5 to 11-1 ticket each

Children & Adults 12 to 59-2 tickets each

Seniors 60 and over-1 ticket each

Non-swimmers- 1 ticket each

This new procedure will enhance internal control and reduce the manpower involved in generating receipts. The machine is serviced from the back, which will promote safety and help minimize vandalism.

Seasonal passes are still available and can be purchased at the Central Ridge Community Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. For questions about passes or tickets, please call the Central Ridge Community Center at 746-4882 or visit www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/parksrec/bldgs/central_ridge/pool/pool.htm

Financial Workshop Series for Women Scheduled for September

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Did you know women are generally less financially secure throughout their lifetime, are more likely to be widowed or divorced and have less retirement income? Citrus County Extension Services invites women to attend a five (5) session workshop series “Women and Money: Unique Issues” to begin on Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The workshops will explore the impact of life changes on an individual’s economic status and how to plan appropriately for future financial well-being.

The classes will be held at the Extension Services Office, located at 3650 W. Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Pre-registration is required with a onetime fee of $25. For registration and questions, contact Sarah Ellis at 352-527-5700 or ellissm@ufl.edu

Job Readiness Workshop Series Offered in September

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Extension Services will be offering a 5-session Job Readiness Workshop series in September to be held at the Extension Services Building in Lecanto. The first session begins Monday, September 14 and will run on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Workshop topics include Before You Begin the Search, The Right Job Just for You, Marketing Yourself, Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter, Planning the Interview, and Staying on the Job Once You Are Hired.

Pre-registration is required with a onetime fee of $15, payable by check or cash. Registration fee includes materials and light refreshments. For registration and questions, contact Stephanie Clamer at 352-527-5710 or visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/extension/extension_services.htm

County Citizens Academy Now Accepting Applications

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Citizens Academy has two upcoming sessions and is now accepting applications. Although the Fall Session has a wait list, residents are encouraged to submit their application to be considered for the Spring Session.

The Academy is a series of professionally-led workshop settings designed to familiarize citizens with Citrus County government and the services it provides. It is an educational experience that will give participants insight into the county’s governmental process through a three step process aimed at:

· Improving citizens’ understanding of local government

· Developing citizens understanding of their role in government

· Developing a pool of knowledgeable individuals to act as ambassadors, serve on advisory boards, and volunteer.

Classes are held once a week for twelve weeks, and gives residents a hands-on, inside look at what, how and why the county’s departments do what they do, from parks & recreation, libraries, utilities, and road maintenance to community services. This gives citizens the opportunity to understand the board’s responsibilities and capabilities and how the taxpayers’ resources are utilized.

There are no qualifications needed other than being a resident of the county, at least 18 years of age, and having an interest in how local government works.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. There is no charge for the course.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Deb Bloss at 352-341-6429 or visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/commserv/citz_academy/citizen_academy.htm

Extremely Rare Manatee Twins Born in Crystal River, Florida

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

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Attached picture: Manatee Twins sighted in Homosassa Springs

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau and United States Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) officials announced today rare manatee twins have been spotted in the waters of Homosassa Springs. Florida manatees are listed as endangered and only 2% of all manatee births result in twins.

“In the past 10 years, maybe I’ve spotted a dozen set of twins but never once have I seen them in the springs nor have I seen a mother and her calves quite so visible in Homosassa waters,” said Ivan Vicente, Visitor Services Specialist, FWS. “That’s because nursing mothers usually isolate themselves in low trafficked areas to keep the calves protected from mainly people, only this time they aren’t as isolated.”

Vicente predicts the mother will remain in the protective springs of Homosassa for the next few weeks until she feels confident enough to introduce her calves along the coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida’s state marine mammal, Florida manatees are large, fully aquatic, herbivorous relatives of the elephant. Commonly referred to as sea cows, manatees have paddle-like flippers, measure up to 13-ft. long, weigh as much as 1,300 pounds and may live up to 80 years in the wild. On average, one calf is born to one manatee every two to five years making twins all the more rare. And only one in 50 births results in twins.

“While the winter months draw the largest number of manatees to Crystal River, manatee spotting in the summertime is particularly special because that’s when you can see, and actually swim, with the babies,” said Adam Thomas, Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau Director. “Citrus County is the only place in the United States where you can legally get in the water and swim with the manatees in the winter months and words truly cannot express how amazing it is to be graced by one of these gentle giants, especially when you see twins swimming alongside Mom.”

Florida manatees are federally protected and remain on the endangered species list. According to FWS, there are less than 6,000 in and around the state of Florida. For more information on swimming with the manatees in Citrus County, visit www.visitcitrus.com.

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