“Par 4 Programs” Golf Tournament scheduled to support youth programs

Citrus County Parks & Recreation Department present the 2nd annual “Par 4 Programs’ Fall Golf Tournament on Saturday, October 4 at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, with shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Registration is now open for individuals or foursomes.

Foursome registration is $220, and individuals are welcome for $55. Included in the registration is lunch provided by the Grille Restaurant, and a raffle and silent auction will be featured. Longest drive contest for men and women, closest to the pin challenge and 50/50 tickets add to the excitement of this event.

Parks & Recreation offer many programs for youth throughout the year, including Kids Fishing Clinic, Sports Camps, and Adopt-a-Tree. These activities promote interaction among youth and community support is needed to keep these programs running.

Please call Parks & Recreation at 352-527-7540 for more information on sponsorship opportunities and registration or visit our website at http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us to download a registration form.

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Public Workshop scheduled for Withlacoochee Trail proposal

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public information meeting regarding proposed improvements to the Withlacoochee State Trail in Citrus County. The meeting will be held in an open house format on September 15th, 2014, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Citrus Springs Community Center, located at 1570 W. Cit¬rus Springs Blvd in Citrus Springs. The proposed improvement involves construction of a new trail connection from the Withlacoochee State Trail (Gulf Junction Trailhead) to the Dunnellon Trail (CR 39 Trailhead).

This public information meeting is being held to present the project progress to date and obtain comments from the general public on the trail alignment alternatives being considered. Citrus County representatives will be available during the meeting to informally discuss the project and answer questions. Attendees are encouraged to come to this meeting at any time between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm to review the proposed trans-portation trail improvements. A brief informational presentation will be given at 6:00 pm.

Public Participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, dis¬ability 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 Quincy Wylupek at 352-527-5446 or quincy.wylupek@bocc.citrus.fl.us.

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Public Workshops Scheduled for Tourist Tax Education

The Tourist Development Council will be sponsoring public workshops to help educate citizens on the Tourist Development Tax and their role in collecting tax for transient rentals on the following dates. All workshops will be held from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

September 26, 2014                          October 7, 2014
Homosassa Public Library                Central Ridge Library
4100 S. Grandmarch Ave.                425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446                       Beverly Hills, FL 34465

October 21, 2014                                November 5, 2014
Coastal Region Library                      Lakes Region Library
8619 W. Crystal St.                            1511 Druid Rd.
Crystal River, FL 34428                    Inverness, FL 34452

December 3, 2014
Central Ridge Library
425 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Beverly Hills, FL 34465

The Tourist Development Tax (TDT) is a local option tax levied by Citrus County at a current rate of 3 %. This tax is levied on all short-term residential rental charges, which includes all residential rentals for a period of six months or less. Examples would be an apartment, bed & breakfast, campground/RV park, condo, cottage, hotel/motel, mobile home park, rooming house, or single family dwelling.
Staff will be addressing issues of how to collect and remit the required tax, what are the penalties for non-payment of the tax, and the potential use of the projected revenue from the tax.

All public is invited to attend and learn the tax collection process. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to adam.thomas@visitcitrus.com or call 352-628-9305.

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County Offices Closed for Labor Day Holiday

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
The county landfill will be closed on Labor Day and will return to normal business hours on Tuesday, September 2.
All library branches will be open regular business hours on Saturday, August 30, but will be closed on Labor Day.
All Community buildings will be closed. Parks are open for regular business hours, as well as Bicentennial Pool and Central Ridge Pool.
Animal Services will be closed on Labor Day, but will return to normal operating hours on Tuesday

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Applications invited for Tourism Development Council position

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for one vacant position on the Citrus County Tourist Development Council.

The council is responsible for overseeing the spending of bed tax revenue, providing operational oversight for the Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau, implementing a Tourist Development Plan, and making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on tourism-related issues.

Six members of the council are persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development. Of those six, not less than three or more than four are owners or operators of tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the Tourist Development Tax. One member is a representative from the Board of County Commissioners. Two members are elected municipal officials.

The Tourist Development Council meets at 9:00 A.M. on the second Wednesday of every month. The regular member position expires January 31, 2018.

Applicants may be either the owner or operator of a hotel, motel, campground or other property which collects the 3 percent bed tax or an individual interested in tourism development. (Applicants are required to be Citrus County residents and registered to vote in Citrus County.)

Applications will be accepted until September 5, 2014. Applications that meet the eligibility requirements will be forwarded to the Board of County Commissioners for evaluation, nomination and selection.

Interested persons should contact Marti Spewock at (352) 628-9305 of the Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau for more information.

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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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