Tire recycling event slated for landfill

Standing bodies of water can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and mosquitoes have been found to transmit Zika Virus.

In an effort to reduce areas where water can collect and subsequently reduce mosquito breeding, the Citrus County Solid Waste Management Division will be accepting tires at the Central Landfill free of charge for recycling on Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6 from 8am to 4:30pm and Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 8am to 2:30pm.

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Assistance with utility bill payments available

PHOTO: Courtesy of Duke Energy

Citrus County Housing Services continues to assist low-income residents with their utility bill payments.

Through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families with home heating and cooling costs.

LIHEAP is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, and has been established to help qualifying low-income homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs.

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CARES Act Round 2: Funding available for qualifying small businesses

BOCC SealTo stimulate the local economy, Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded Citrus County $6,528,498 in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) funds.

The County has already awarded more than $2 million of these funds to date.

The Citrus County CARES Small Business Grant Program Round 2, approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Aug. 25 provided recovery grants to eligible small businesses adversely impacted by the COVID‐19 Pandemic.

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Farewell Parade a hit at East Citrus Community Center

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Citrus County Senior Programs Supervisor Janice Hale saying her goodbyes to Germaine Beeman. (PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald)

East Citrus Community Center staff and friends lined up for a “Farewell Parade” celebrating the infamous “Jigsaw Puzzle Queen”, 91-year-old Germaine Beeman.

The parade of more than 15 vehicles, held on Aug. 12, weaved through the parking lot, horns beeping, in front of the queen herself, who was seated under the Community Center front canopy.

Germaine, “Gigi” as her friends call her, has been attending the East Citrus Community Center at 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Hwy., Inverness, every day for 17 years.

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Cardinal Suncoast Interchange public workshop looks at development plan

The Citrus County Commission held a pubic workshop to discuss a proposed future master development plan for Cardinal Street, a road which has historically been a seven-mile, two-lane road in Homosassa, Fla.

The Cardinal interchange is part of an extension of the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) of the Suncoast Parkway from Brooksville.

The street is proposed to be morphed into mixed use (both commercial and residential). Future developers would then be limited to parcel sizes of no less than 30 acres for any commercial use.

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CCSO names interim emergency management head

Chris Evan has been named  Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Evan to the position of Interim Director of Citrus County Emergency Management.

Finalized by a vote of members of the BOCC, Director Evan was nominated to take over the role upon Captain David DeCarlo’s retirement on Aug . 7, 2020.

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