On the northern and eastern borders, with Withlacoochee River presents 45 miles of riverfront beauty and recreational opportunities. Northeast of Inverness, the long, lazy Withlacoochee helps refresh the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes, a 23,000 acre bass-rich playground for fishermen and a wetland home for a dozen species of bird and mammal considered rare elsewhere in America.
Along US 19, bisecting western Citrus County, a string of first and second magnitude springs give birth to Citrus County's other protean, crystal clear rivers, including the Homosassa, the Chassahowitzka and the Crystal. Flowing at a constant temperature of 72 degrees, these spring-spawned streams provide the endangered West Indian Manatee, America's largest fresh water mammal, with its favored winter home. The people of Citrus County take pride in assisting state and federal efforts to protect this American cousin of the elephant. Large herds of manatees are seen from November through March.
Few counties in Florida enjoy a more salubrious year-round climate than Citrus. Summer days average 82 degrees, moderated by constant breezes from the lakes and the Gulf of Mexico; while winter lows average 62 degrees, encouraging the dedicated gardener to experiment with a wide variety of flowers and vegetables every month of the year. Rainfall averages 45 to 52 inches, most of it falling during the summer months.
Benefiting from well managed growth for the past two decades, Citrus County is now home to more than 119,707 people and is expected to grow to 138,953 by the year 2005. With relatively inexpensive land, the cost of living index ranked Citrus County 52 out of Florida 67 counties. Quality of life second to none has attracted a balanced population mix of both retirees and young families. Opportunities for young professionals and business people in Citrus County are extensive, with a continued, healthy economic growth in the 21st Century forecasted by most Florida experts.
|Nearest Metropolitan Area||Ocala|
|COMPONENTS OF POPULATION CHANGE (1997)|
|Number of Births||839|
|Number of Deaths||1,816|
|POPULATION AGE BREAKDOWN|
|COUNTY LAND AREA||584 square miles|
|LARGEST INCORPORATED MUNICIPALITIES|
|County Civilian Labor Force (1998)||35,137|
|County Nonfarm Employment by Industry (1997)|
|Transportation, Public Utilities||9.7%|
|Fin, Ins, Real Estate||5.0%|
|PER CAPITA INCOME|
|Median Household Income|
|Ad Valorem Millage Rate (1998)|
|Are local option ad valorem tax exemptions available?||No|
|Utility Service Tax/Rate||No|
|Corporate Income Tax||5.5%|
|Personal Income Tax||None|
|Retail Sales Tax||6.0%|
|Gasoline Tax||$.123 per glalon|
|Number of Banks/Branches|
|S & L Assoc. (1996)||1|
|Does local Government Issue Industrial Revenue Bonds?||Yes|
|Is tax increment financing available?||Yes|
|Power Suppliers||Florida Power, Withlacoochee River, Sumter Electric|
|Suppliers||Citrus County, Southern States, Crystal River, Inverness, Ozello, Homosassa Water Management District - Southwest Florida|
|Major Water Source||Wells|
|Water available for new industry?||Yes|
|Sewage Treatment Type||Secondary|
|Solid Waste Disposal||Sanitary Landfill|
|Sewerage Available for new industry||Yes|
|Distributor||Central Florida Gas Company|
|Gas available for new industry||Yes|
|OTHER FUEL SOURCES|
|Number of Distributors Serving County (1994)|
|INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES|
|Car & Truck Rental||Yes|
|If No Then Closest:|
|Number of Industrial Parks|
|Acreage zoned for manufacturing||1,089|
|COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT|
|Foreign Trade Zone||No|
|World Trade Council||No|
|MAJOR PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYERS|
|Largest Employers/Product or Service/Total Employees (1998)|
|FLORIDA POWER CORPORATION|
|CITRUS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL|
|Health Care Employees||990|
|WINN DIXIE GROCERY|
|SEVEN RIVERS HOSPITAL|
|Health Care Employees||545|
|PRO-LINE BOAT MANUFACTURING|
|WAL-MART RETAIL STORE|
|SUNSHINE MATERIAL CORP|
|Building Supplies Employees||267|
|K-MART RETAIL STORE|
|Major Highways||US19, US98, SR44, SR200|
|MAJOR COMMERCIAL AIRPORT SERVING COUNTY||TAMPA INTERNATIONAL|
|Miles from County Seat||65|
|Avg. # of daily flights||574|
|Airlines serving airport||25|
|Length of longest runway||11,000|
|Airport Services Offered:|
|Private Aircraft Maintenance||Yes|
|LOCAL COMMERCIAL/EXECUTIVE AIRPORTS:|
|CRYSTAL RIVER AIRPORT|
|Runway Length||5,000 feet|
|Runway Length||3,500 feet|
|NEAREST PORT W/DOCKING FACILITIES:|
|PORT OF TAMPA|
|PORT OF JACKSONVILLE|
|Largest Local||Citrus County Chronicle|
|Largest Regional||St. Petersburg Times|
|RADIO - Local Radio Stations||5|
|TELEVISION - Cable Available||Yes|
|TELEPHONE - Sprint|
|Nearest Regional Mail Handling Facility||Lecanto|
|Air/Overnight Parcel Service||Yes|
|Schools/Teachers/Enrollment - Public (19960||16/719/14,627|
|State High School Competency Test (Oct 1996 percent of 11th graders passing)|
|In 1997-98 43.44% of high school graduates continued education.|
|POST SECONDARY EDUCATION|
|Colleges/Universities Serving The County:||University
University of South Florida
University of Central Florida
St. Leo College
|Community College within 50 mile radius:||Central
Florida Community College
Pasco Hernando Community College
|Vo-Tech Schools within 50-mile radius:||Withlacoochee Vo-Tech|
|Curriculum Offered in Vo-Tech School:|
|Welding and cutting||Yes|
|Laser Electro Optics||Yes|
|Robotics/Computer aided manuf.||Yes|
|MEDICAL (Nearest Hospitals)|
|Citrus Memorial Hospital||Inverness|
|Seven Rivers Community Hospital||Crystal River|
|Public Swimming Pools||Yes|
|PRIMARY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT:|
County Economic Development Council, Inc.
28 NW Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL
|CITY COUNTY & STATE OFFICIALS|
|CITY OF CRYSTAL RIVER:|
|City Manager||David Sallee|
|City Council:||Joe Chrietzberg, Alex Ilnyckyj, Paula Wheeler, Michael Gudis, Ray Wallace|
|CITY OF INVERNESS|
|City Manager||Frank DiGiovanni|
|City Council:||Jacqueline Hepfer, Ted Stauffer, Bob Plaisted, Richard Kaufman, John Sullivan|
|Roger Batchelor||Commissioner, District 1|
|Gary Bartell||Commissioner, District 2|
|Vicki Phillips||Commissioner, District 3|
|Jim Fowler||Commissioner, District 4|
|Brad Thorpe||Commissioner, District 5|
of the Governor
Governor Jeb Bush
|Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32399 (850) 488-4441|
E. Kennedy Blvd., Barnett Plaza, Suite 3270
Tampa, FL 33605 (813) 228-2476
N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 602
Tampa, FL 33609 (813) 225-7683
|Richard Mitchell - Fourth District||406
10th Avenue, NW, Jasper, FL 32060
|Anna Cowin - Eleventh District||P.
O. Box 490238, Leesburg, FL 34749
|U.S. House of Representatives:|
|Karen Thurman - Fifth District||2224
Hwy. 44 West, Inverness, FL 34453
|State House of Representatives:|
|Nancy Argenziano - Forty-Third District||6216 W. Corporate Oaks Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429-8723 (352) 563-1204|
County Occupational License
Sales Tax Office
110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness, FL 34450
County Zoning & Permit Dept.
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461
|Food Service Information:||Health
License (Food Service)
3600 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461
Identification & Employer Taxes
Internal Revenue Service
3131 SW College Rd, Ste 209, Ocala, FL 34471
Federal Tax Forms: 1-800-829-3676
Federal Tax Info: 1-800-829-1040
|Inverness Occupational License||City
Clerk's Office - City Hall
212 W. Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450
|Crystal River Occupational License||City
Clerk's Office - City Hall
123 NE Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL 34429
|Inverness Bldg, Zoning & Inspection||212
W. Main Street, Inverness, FL 34450
|Crystal River Bldg, Zoning & Inspection||123
NW Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34429
|Dept. of Business Regulation||Division
of Hotels & Restaurants
725 S. Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399
|Florida Sales Tax||Office
of Taxpayer Assistance
P. O. Box 7443, Tallahassee, FL 32399
|Tax Collector's Office||Citrus
County Tax Collector Office (Janis Warren)
210 N Apopka Ave Room 100, Inverness, FL 34450
|Fictitious Name Registration:||Pick
up information packet at:
Citrus County Courthouse
110 N. Apopka Ave, Inverness, FL 34450
|Florida Department of Labor & Employment||Division
of Unemployment Compensation
201 Caldwell Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32399
|Florida Department of Labor||Employment
Bureau of Compliance
300 Atkins Bldg, Tallahassee, FL 32399
|Personal Property Tax||Citrus
County Property Appraiser
210 N Apopka Ave Suite 200
|Mail Completed Forms to:||Department
of State Fictitious Name Registrant
P. O. Box 1300, Tallahassee, FL 32302-1300
|Division of Florida Jobs & Benefits||640
E. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Crystal River, FL
Business Development Center
218 W. Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Schools and Education in
Citrus County supports one of Florida's most highly regarded public education systems. Structured from the elementary level to high school with one of the lowest pupil-to-teacher ratios in the state, the Citrus County School System is committed to a strong basic skills program emphasizing reading, communications and mathematics.
Any child who has attained the age of five before September 1 can be registered for kingerdarten. A child who has attained the age of 6 before September 1 can be registered for first grade. For more information about school registration, call (352) 726-1931.
An excellent selection of culturally enriching programs and events are also available to the students through the Citrus County school system. Field trips and special study programs at the Citrus County-based Marine Science Station, on the Salt River in Crystal River, are available to students at every level.
The system's Instructional Resource Center offers all staff in-service training and access to a wide range of state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and materials. Concerts by the Florida Symphony and presentations by the Asolo Theater Company at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in the joint use complex at Lecanto are also supported by the school system.
Last year, the school system served over 14,000 students in its nine elementary schools (K-5), four middle schools (6-8), and three high schools (9-12). The system is supervised by an elected Superintendent and a School Board composed of five elected members. Each school is supported by an active School Advisory Enhancement Council through which interested community representative work closely with school staff. Most schools also have active PTA and PTO organizations.
The Citrus County school system, in partnership with the local business community, has developed an outstanding vocational training and career orientation curriculum to help meet the county's need to provide a skilled workforce for its growing business and industrial base. In the middle school years, students are introduced to computer science, economics and various industrial arts. At the high school level, many students may choose to pursue high tech training opportunities at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute.
The needs of special students are met through a combination of trained teachers and therapists who provide individualized educational programs for exceptional students, ages 1-21. For more information about Citrus County's Exceptional Student Education program, call (352) 344-9611.
SECONDARY AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Citrus Springs - Lane Vick, Princ.
3570 W. Century Blvd, Citrus Springs
Crystal River - Bennye Milton, Princ.
947 NE 6th St, Crystal River
Floral City - Janet Reed, Princ.
8457 E. Marvin St, Floral City
Forest Ridge - Regina Jablonskis, Princ.
Forest Ridge Rd, Beverly Hills
Hernando - Carol Mainor, Princ.
2353 N. Croft Ave, Hernando
Homosassa - Roberta Long, Princ.
10935 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa
Inverness - Teretta Charles, Princ.
206 S. Line Ave, Inverness
Lecanto - Steve Guyler, Princ.
3790 W. Educational Path, Lecanto
Pleasant Grove - Patrick Simon, Princ.
630 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness
Rock Crusher - Nancy Cimon, Princ.
814 S. Rock Crusher Rd, Homosassa
Crystal River - David Hickey, Princ.
705 NE 3rd Ave, Crystal River
Citrus Springs - Mary Curry, Princ.
150 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs
Inverness - Cindy Staten, Princ.
1000 Middle School Drive, Inverness
Lecanto - James Halcomb, Princ.
3800 W. Educational Path, Lecanto
Citrus - Gary Foltz, Princ.
600 W. Highland Blvd, Inverness
Crystal River - Craig Marlett, Princ.
1205 NE 8th St, Crystal River
Lecanto - Steve Richardson, Princ.
3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto
Crest - Keith Posta, Princ.
2600 S. Panther Dr, Lecanto
Withlacoochee Technical Institute - Steve Hand, Director
1201 W. Main Street, Inverness
Renaissance Center - David Cook, Princ.
221 Montgomery Avenue, Inverness
Central Catholic - Penelope Howell, Princ.
4341 W. Homosassa Dr, Lecanto
ComeUnity Montessori School - Jamie Cooper, Director
215 Apopka Ave, Inverness
New Testament Christian - Dennis Peeples, Princ.
9850 Parkside Ave S, Floral City
River Gardens Christian - Marlene Pringle, Princ.
905 N. Citrus Ave, Crystal River
Seven Rivers Christian - Ted Van Voorthuijsen, Primary Princ.
4221 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto
St. Paul's Wels Evangelical Lutheran - John Melso, Princ.
31 N. Monroe St, Beverly Hills
Central Florida Community College - Dr. James Harvey, Provost
3800 S. Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto