Citrus County Land Development Commission to hold Cardinal Street meeting

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt:  A new Future Land Use Map category in relation to the Suncoast Parkway Interchange Management Area at W. Cardinal Street, along with supporting Text, Goals, Objectives and Policies.

Interested parties may appear at the meetings and be heard regarding the following proposed amendment(s) to the Citrus County Comprehensive Plan, the Citrus County Future Land Use Map, the Citrus County Land Development Code, and/or the Citrus County Land Use Atlas Map:

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Water District FY 2021 budget funds water resources projects

SFWMD Water District LogoOn Tuesday, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board adopted a $183.5 million budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, including more than $65.7 million for the Cooperative Funding Initiative and District grants for water resources projects.

The budget reflects the District’s commitment to protect Florida’s water resources and to improve Florida’s economic vitality. Some of the key initiatives in the District’s FY2021 budget include:

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Mitigation plan to aid county better prep for natural disasters

Citrus County is better prepared for disasters with the recent approval of their hazard mitigation plan by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the community’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

The LMS plan approval extends to the following participating jurisdictions that provided a copy of their resolutions adopting the Citrus County, FL LMS plan:

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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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Alexander Park receives donation for basket ball courts’ renovation

FROM LEFT: Terrance Hollis, Matthew Vieux, Devonte White, Robert Simmons, Cortney Sawyer, Citrus County Parks and Recreation Director Francine Noble, BOCC Chairman Brian Coleman and Denzel Alexander.(PHOTO: Cynthia Oswald on Aug. 25, 2020).

On Aug. 25, at the Board of County Commissioners’ (BOCC) meeting, Dr. Devonte White, who was born and raised in Inverness, and now resides in Texas, presented his proposal to renovate the basketball courts at Alexander Park.

The BOCC voted unanimously to accept his generous Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation, Inc. grant donation of $10,000, along with a $2,000 donation from the local community and support the renovations to the basketball courts.

“I wanted to renovate my childhood basketball court in order to keep the kids in the neighborhood off the streets and on the court,” said Devonte in a post on Twitter when he began working on the project.

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Citrus County votes in Aug. 18 primary

Citrus County voters on Tuesday filled in their ballots to let their choices be known for several political positions.

Winners include Sheriff Mike Prendergast, who defeated three challengers in the primary. He will now face Lee Alexander in November. Alexander is a former police chief in Inverness.

Creg Dalton gathered the most votes in the Property Appraiser race. Sandra “Sam” Himmel won her fifth term as Superintendent of Schools. Maureen “Mo” Baird bested opponent Scott Adams for the Supervisor of Elections post.  Winning the District 3 seat for county commission was Ruthie Davis Schlabach . And winning county commission for District 5 was Holly Davis.

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