News and Announcements

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee to Meet September 15

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Citrus County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. in Room 135 at the Citrus County Resource Center, 2804 West Marc Knighton Court in Lecanto. 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.

County Records Management Office Seeking Volunteers

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Volunteer Program is currently accepting applications for volunteers in the Records Management Office who enjoy detailed work and preparing business records and files for scanning. Work is performed independently or in small groups at the Lecanto Government Building and involves using a computer and/or scanner.
For more information, contact Deb Bloss at 341-6429 or email deborah.bloss@citrusbocc.com.

Citrus County Housing Services Announces SHIP Funding Available

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership Program (SHIP), Citrus County Housing Services announced the following housing programs and availability of funding.

2014-2017 SHIP ALLOCATION $707,219
2015-2018 SHIP ALLOCATION $695,135

SPECIAL HOUSING NEEDS 
This program will provide funding for the purchase of new construction housing, the purchase of existing housing and the rehabilitation of, or additions to, existing housing used for special needs housing groups as noted in Section 420.9075(1)(a), Florida Statues, including, but not limited to, homeless people, the elderly, migrant farm workers and persons with disabilities. The first priority of these special needs funds will be to serve persons with developmental disabilities as defined in section 393.063, Florida Statutes. This strategy funds non-homeownership housing initiatives. Special Needs housing is not restricted to geographic location, but must be located anywhere within Citrus County. Applications will be available at the office of Citrus County Housing Services on October 1, 2015 and will be accepted until April 29, 2016.

UTILITY CONNECTION STRATEGY
To pay permit, impact, and other fees necessary to connect very low and low income households to regional central water and/or sewer service.  Priority will be given to hook-ups done in conjunction with other state or federal funding sources.   Site built homes, as well as mobile homes constructed after June 1994 provided the home is classified as Real Property, are eligible for assistance. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 through April 29, 2016.

NOT-FOR –PROFIT DEVELOPER STRATEGY
This strategy will assist with the construction or rehabilitation of homes sold by non-profit developers.  This strategy will provide a subsidy to eligible sponsors, as established by resolution, to pay development costs including fees charged by government entities in conjunction with residential construction (impact fees, building permits, utility fees, etc.), wells, septic and site preparation.  Any funds not used for the payment of development costs may be used to offset cost of construction or rehabilitation of an acquired eligible housing unit.  Sponsors eligible will be those 501c3 agencies that build or repair affordable homes for First Time Homebuyers. 

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with criteria for awards to include:
▪ Agency’s capacity and history of developing affordable housing
▪ Ability to obtain necessary financing through local lenders or ability to generate 
  donations and/or grant funding
▪ Financial history of organization
▪ Affordability of homes being built or rehabilitated
▪ Long term affordability of assisted homes
▪ Employment of personnel from the Welfare Transition Programs
▪Applications will be available beginning October 1, 2015 and due by 
 November 1, 2015.


All strategy applications will be accepted at the Citrus County Resource Center, Housing Services Division 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court #12, Lecanto, Florida, 34461.  

Unless stated above, the application period will remain open until further notice.  Applications will be accepted ONLY for those programs that have funding available.  It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, sex, marital or familial status, national origin or handicap in the award application process for eligible housing.

INCOME CATEGORIES
If not specified under the strategy, very low and low income families qualify.  In each category, applicants cannot have income that exceeds the following maximum gross family incomes:


Family Size       Very Low        60% of Area Median    Low(80% of Area Median)
 1                        $16,950                       $20,340                        $27,100
 2                        $19,400                       $23,280                        $31,000  
 3                        $21,800                       $26,160                        $34,850
 4                        $24,200                       $29,040                        $38,700   
 5                        $26,150                       $31,380                        $41800 
 6                        $28,100                       $33,720                        $44,900  

For any information on any SHIP, please contact Heidi Blanchette, Director of 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 new welcome center located in Crystal River.

Volunteers would 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 deborah.bloss@citrusbocc.com 


County Electronic Newsletter Receives National Award

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Awards of Excellence competition recognizes outstanding public relations and public information work being done in counties across the nation. The County electronic newsletter “Citrus Link” was submitted for the Electronic Communications category and received a Meritorious Recognition in this nationwide competition.

NACIO brings together communications professionals in county positions to promote the value of professional Public Information Officers to county governments and to promote a better understanding among the general public of the roles and responsibilities of county government.

Citizens can sign up to receive the monthly electronic newsletter by visiting http://www.citrusbocc.com/pio/pio.htm

Labor Day Weekend Adoption Special at Animal Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Foundation for Animal Protection (CCFAP) is sponsoring an adoption special on Labor Day weekend. For all dogs and cats, you can name your price for adoption! This special is for one day only on Saturday, September 5. We encourage the public to visit the shelter, located at 4030 S. Airport Road in Inverness, from 10 am to 4 pm to pick out a shelter animal to adopt.

Please call Animal Services for more information at 746-8400 or visit www.citruscritters.com

Two Free Florida-Friendly Gardening Workshops in September

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Right Plant, Right Place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 8 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering. Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. 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.

Vegetable Gardening

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on September 22 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Planting a vegetable garden in Florida is all about timing and technique.  Pick fruits and vegetables you like. Prepare and plant them wisely. Learn beneficial insect identification. Consider the season and install your garden using a method you can maintain and manage. 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 www.citrusbocc.com/waterres/fyn/fyn.htm

Conversation Speakers Series Program Features Author Jack Davis

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum presents the first Coffee and Conversation Speaker Series Program of the season, featuring Jack Davis, professor of Environmental History and Sustainability Studies at the University of Florida on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:00p.m., second floor courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Jack previously taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was Director of Environmental Studies, and at Eckerd College. For the academic year 2002- 2003, he was a Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where he taught American Studies in the graduate school at the University of Jordan. He earned a doctorate in history from Brandeis University in 1994. 
Davis is the author of An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), recipient of the gold medal from the Florida Book Awards, and Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930, which received the Charles S. Sydnor Award from the Southern Historical Association for the most outstanding book in southern history of 2001. Davis’s edited volumes include The Civil Rights Movement (2000); The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (2002); Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth- Century Florida (2003); and Paradise Lost? The Environmental History of Florida (2005). He has published articles in several scholarly journals and has presented papers and served on panels at two dozen professional conferences. A regular public speaker for the Florida Humanities Council and a contributor to its magazine, Forum, he won two first-place prizes from the Florida Magazine Association for best feature writing and best in-depth reporting, for a 2011 article on the Gulf of Mexico, the subject of his next book. The new work in progress is titled, Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, under contract with W.W. Norton. Davis writes his books not for an academic audience but a broader intellectually curious one.  

He has completed artist/writer residencies at Escape to Create, Seaside, Florida (January 2013), and the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (May 2014). He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire. 

This program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. Call 352-341-6428 to reserve a seat today.

Final Summer Concert Scheduled for September 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

The final show of the Summer Concert Series at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is Saturday, September 19 with the Dusty Road Rangers on stage.  They will perform a mix of bluegrass, old time, Americana, folk, Celtic and country tunes. The band covers the music of such legendary artists as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Del McCoury, The Chieftains, Ricky Scaggs, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and others. In addition to the cover songs, original compositions are also performed.

This award winning group has performed at many venues throughout Florida including: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, Luna Star Cafe, GiGi's Music Café, Flamingo Gardens, South Florida Fair, Barberville Spring Frolic, Barberville Fall Jamboree. The band performed at the 2012 and 2013 John C. Campbell Folk School Fall Festival in Brasstown, North Carolina and the 2013 Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest in Sugar Grove, NC. The band also performed at the Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida in March 2014 and the Florida Strawberry Festival.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with light appetizers being served, along with beverages. Tickets are $20 per person and music begins at 7:00 until 9:00 p.m., with a brief intermission midway. To reserve your seat, please call The Old courthouse Heritage Museum at 352-341-6428.

County Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day.

The county landfill will be closed on Labor Day and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

All library branches will be open regular business hours on Saturday, September 5, but will be closed on Labor Day.

All Community buildings will be closed. Parks and boat ramps are open for regular business hours. Bicentennial Pool will be open from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm for Open Swim and Central Ridge Pool will be open from 12 noon to 5:30 pm for Open Swim.

Animal Services will be closed on Labor Day, but will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday.

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