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Firm awarded $134.6M Suncoast Parkway construction project

Suncoast Parkway signageLane Construction Corporation, a U.S. subsidiary of Salini Impregilo, has won the $134.6 million contract for highway construction to build a section of Suncoast Parkway 2, a new highway leading north of Tampa.

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TOP VIDEO: Dog Seizures News Conference

Rat Terrier
The Citrus County Sheriff's Office announced that on Oct. 23, Citrus County Sheriff Animal Control officers seized 65 dogs from an elderly couple in Homosassa, Florida. 
 
Citrus County Director of Animal Services Morgan A. Woodward explains the seizures at a media news confeence at the shelter (October 27, 2017)
 
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County storm debris removal continues

Storm debris across roadDebris removal continues within Citrus County at a very manageable pace.

There are approximately 30 collection vehicles working daily in Citrus County. 

Withlacoochee River seen slowly receding

The Withlacoochee River has been reported as slowly receding.

However, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Monday reported, river flood warnings are still in effect.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, the River at Holder was reported at 8.75 feet. This portion of the river is still now at the “minor flood” stage. 

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County workshop eyes tweaking Land Development Code

BOCC sealThe Citrus County Commission on Tuesday began the first in a string of workshops that look to improve the county's Land Development Code.

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Trump signs emergency declaration for Florida

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Florida to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Hurricane Nate beginning on October 7, 2017 and continuing.

Emergency lane closures on U.S. 19 in Homosassa

Traffic signHomosassa Springs, FL (8:30 a.m.) – Due to work associated with filling a void under the highway, U.S.

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FEMA disaster teams working in Citrus County

A FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team interviews storm survivors. (Courtesy photo by FEMA.gov)

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has Disaster Assistance Survivor Teams (DSAT) working in two areas in Citrus County.

Who to call when dealing with trees, limbs and powerlines

A little close for comfort to powerlines.

The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) has no regulatory authority over power companies providing services in Citrus County.

The Florida Public Services Commission (PSC) regulates power companies in Florida. 

Trees and limbs in proximity to power lines are the jurisdiction of the power company, and the power company makes decisions regarding the cutting/trimming of trees and limbs. Questions on tree cutting and trimming should be addressed to your power provider.

The contact numbers for power providers in Citrus County are as follows:

Gov. Scott declares pre-Irma State of Emergency

Hurricane Irma’s projected path as of Sept. 4, 2017.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in the state as rapidly growing Hurricane Irma, now a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall later this week.

TOP VIDEO: 1-Cent Sales Tax

Every Citrus County Commission meeting, the issue of a one-cent sales tax comes up like clockwork, and from a variety of angles.

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Rogers resigns, takes post in Hernando County

Jeff RogersCitrus County Deputy Administrator Jeff Roge

County lays out gas tax expenditures ahead of budget

Pumping gas

There has historically been a lot of discussion of what has, and has not, been done with Citrus County's Gas Tax revenues.

In this month's issue of Citrus Link, Citrus County's monthly newsletter for county residents, the county breaks down the use of the tax in a concise report for Citrus County residents.

County struggles with mandatory garbage collection

Universal garbage collection
The Citrus County Commission on Tuesday seemed to take a softer stand on the issue of mandatory garbage collection.
 
Discussion among commissioners ranged from topics about the possibility of using a regional landfill based on a study recently completed -- but deemed by Commission Chairman Scott Carnahan to be useless since the plan will not be used -- to space left in the county's landfill to flow control.
 
"I think competition is good. I believe we need to have flow control," Carnahan said.
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Kinnard asks commission to change process for sale of county-owned land

Citrus County Commissioner Jeff KinnardThe county has made it no secret that it wants to get rid of excess county land as soon as possible and at a good price.

But County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard said on Tuesday that the way the county has gone about it is a process that is flawed.

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Commissioners: No new sales tax

BOCC sealEvery time the Citrus County commission meets, there's always someone speaking at the "Open to the Public" dais trying to get commissioners to raise money for road resurfacing by instituting a one-cent sales tax.

The answer to that from county commissioners at every meeting is "no," and it was no different at Tuesday's commission meeting.

CR 491 Road construction debris recycled, repurposed

Nothing is going to waste during the CR491 road widening project (August 2017)

By Cynthia Oswald,
BOCC Public Information Officer

Nothing is going to waste during the CR491 road widening project, officially named; County Road 491 Phase I Roadway and Regional Storm Water and Utility Improvements Project. 

Thanks to project contractor Commercial Industrial Corporation (CIC), the project has become a “best practices” for construction debris repurposing.

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Hackers take down appraiser websites in Citrus, Manatee

This notice was posted on Monday following a hack attack at property appraisers' web sites in Citrus and Manatee counties (August 14, 2017)
The Citrus County Property Appraiser's website and Manatee County Property Appraiser were hacked on Monday.
 
It is thought that Iranian hackers took down the sites, and some media have reported that the two sites had an image with the words, "Hacked" and "Hacked by Iranian Hackers."
 
"You may have seen that our Property Appraiser website has supposedly been hacked," wrote Citrus County Property Appraiser Les Cook on the appraiser's facebook page on Monday night. 
 
"The issue is being addressed and we hope to have our page back

Two county water-quality projects get state funding

Wastewater area

Under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a suite of 40 projects that will receive $50 million from the Fighting for Florida’s Future budget to improve water quality, reduce nutrient loading, recharge water supply and protect habitat in Florida’s iconic spring systems.

This includes a state investment of more than $9 million to protect springs in Southwest Florida, including Aripeka, Weeki Wachee, Kings Bay, Crystal and Rainbow springsheds.

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