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Real Estate News 2015:

—National Foreclosure Inventory Down 25.7 Percent Year Over Year—

CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, today released its March 2015 National Foreclosure Report which shows that the foreclosure inventory declined by 25.7 percent and completed foreclosures declined by 15.5 percent from March 2014. There were 41,000 completed foreclosures nationwide in March 2015, down from 48,000 in March 2014, representing a decrease of 65.2 percent from the peak of completed foreclosures in September 2010, according to CoreLogic data.

Completed foreclosures are an indication of the total number of homes actually lost to foreclosure. Since the financial crisis began in September 2008, there have been approximately 5.6 million completed foreclosures across the country, and since homeownership rates peaked in the second quarter of 2004, there have been approximately 7.7 million homes lost to foreclosure.

CoreLogic also reports that the number of mortgages in serious delinquency declined by 19.1 percent from March 2014 to March 2015 with 1.5 million mortgages, or 3.9 percent, in serious delinquency (defined as 90 days or more past due, including those loans in foreclosure or REO). This is the lowest delinquency rate since May 2008. On a month-over-month basis, the number of seriously delinquent mortgages declined by 1.9 percent.

As of March 2015, the national foreclosure inventory included approximately 542,000 homes, or 1.4 percent, of all homes with a mortgage compared with 729,000 homes, or 1.9 percent, in March 2014, representing a year-over-year decline of 25.7 percent.   

“We are seeing additional improvement in housing market conditions due to a decline in the serious delinquency rate to 3.9 percent, far below the peak of 8.6 percent in early 2010,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Despite the decline in the number of loans that are 90 days or more delinquent or in foreclosure, the percent of homeowners struggling to keep up is still well above the pre-recession average of 1.5 percent.”

“Foreclosures and serious delinquency rates continue to drop as the home purchase market begins to emerge from its eight-year slump,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “Based on the current trends in completed foreclosure rates, we expect the foreclosure inventory to drop below 1.3 percent by midyear, a level not seen since the end of 2007. Many states in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as Florida, still have elevated levels of distressed housing, but they are making more rapid progress as of late. In March, foreclosures in these areas accounted for a large proportion of completed foreclosures.”

Additional highlights as of March 2015:

  • On a month-over-month basis, completed foreclosures increased by 7 percent from the 38,000* reported in February 2015. As a basis of comparison, before the decline in the housing market in 2007, completed foreclosures averaged 21,000 per month nationwide between 2000 and 2006.
  • The five states with the highest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in March 2015 were: Florida (110,000), Michigan (50,000), Texas (34,000), Georgia (28,000) and Ohio (28,000). These five states accounted for almost half of all completed foreclosures nationally.
  • Four states and the District of Columbia had the lowest number of completed foreclosures for the 12 months ending in March 2015: South Dakota (16), the District of Columbia (87), North Dakota (326), West Virginia (462) and Wyoming (517).
  • On a month-over-month basis, the foreclosure inventory was down by 1.3 percent from February 2015. The March 2015 foreclosure rate of 1.4 percent is back to March 2008 levels.
  • Four states and the District of Columbia had the highest foreclosure inventory as a percentage of all mortgaged homes: New Jersey (5.3 percent), New York (3.9 percent), Florida (3.3 percent), Hawaii (2.7 percent) and the District of Columbia (2.5 percent).
  • The five states with the lowest foreclosure inventory as a percentage of all mortgaged homes were: Alaska (0.3 percent), Nebraska (0.4 percent), North Dakota (0.5 percent), Montana (0.5 percent) and Colorado (0.5 percent).

Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful Nature Coast, is about a two hour drive from Tampa/St. Petersburg.  Because Kings Bay is one of the best places in the world to observe manatees Crystal River is an international destination.  Kings Bay, which has been designated an "Outstanding Florida Waterway," offers opportunities for boating, diving, swimming, fishing as well as a variety of Manatee and Eco-Tours.  In addition, there are miles of nature trails to hike, bike and observe an abundance of birds, deer, alligators and other wildlife.

History of Citrus County

 Citrus County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 118,085. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county was 141,416. Its county seat is Inverness, Florida. More than 90% of the population of Citrus County lives outside the two incorporated towns of Inverness and Crystal River.

History

Citrus County was first occupied about 10,000 years ago and settled about 2,500 years ago by mound-building Native Americans that built the complex that now forms the Crystal River Archeological Site. The site was occupied for about 2,000 years. Why the complex was abandoned is currently unknown.
Citrus County was created in 1887. The Citrus County area was formerly part of a Hernando County. It was named for the county's citrus trees. Citrus production declined dramatically after the "Big Freeze" of 1894-1895. Today, citrus is grown on one large grove, Bellamy Grove. Additionally, some people do have trees on their personal property.
The original county seat was Mansfield, or Mannsfeld. The county seat was moved to Inverness. Currently, only a street and a pond remain of the original town.
 
 
Sign on the Withlacoochee State Trail marking the site of the "Great Train Wreck of 1956" in Pineola.
Phosphate mining also played a major part in the history of the County until the end of WWII in which phosphate mining was largely moved overseas.] The first newspaper of Citrus County was called the Phosphate Times.] Pineola, Florida was the site of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad's "Great Train Wreck of 1956."
In the 1960s Citrus County began to develop and housing developments such as Beverly Hills started to dominate the county.]
Citrus County is known as “The Little Giant” and this is inscribed on the official county seal. Citrus County is in the geographic center of Florida.
Citrus County has one local television station that broadcasts County Commission meetings live on the first and third Tuesday of each month. In addition, Citrus County is serviced by Bay News 9, a news outlet provided by Bright House Networks.
There are two local newspapers, the Citrus County Chronicle and the Homosassa Beacon.
Geography
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 773.15 square miles (2,002.4 km2), of which 584 square miles (1,512.6 km2) is land and 189 square miles (489.5 km2) (24.49%) is water.
National protected areas
Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 118,085 people, 52,634 households, and 36,317 families residing in the county. The population density was 78/km² (202/mi²). There were 62,204 housing units at an average density of 41/km² (106/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 2.36% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 2.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 52,634 households out of which 19.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.60.
In the county the population was spread out with 17.20% under the age of 18, 4.60% from 18 to 24, 19.10% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 32.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,001, and the median income for a family was $36,711. Males had a median income of $28,091 versus $21,408 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,585. 11.70% of the population and 8.50% of families were below the poverty line. 18.10% of those under the age of 18 and 7.00% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
Exercise caution with careful research in real estate transactions in Citrus County due to reports of houses sold that are already foreclosed, undisclosed mold contamination and contract frauds.
Adjacent Counties
Cities and towns
Incorporated
Unincorporated
Former towns
  • Mannfield (original county seat, now a ghost town)
  • Orleans
  • Stage Pond (Cemetery still remains)
  • Arlington
  • Fairmount (town site is now Meadowcrest Industrial Park)
Transportation
Airports
Railroads
One rail line operates within the county: A freight line to the Crystal River Energy Complex in northern Citrus County. Other lines that used to run through Citrus were either converted into rail trails such as the Cross Town Trail in Crystal River and Withlacoochee State Trail in eastern Citrus County or abandoned.
Major roads
  • U.S. Route 19 is the main local road through western Citrus County, running south to north.
  • U.S. Route 41 is the main local road through eastern Citrus County, running south to north. North of CR 48 in Floral City, the road is also shared by the DeSoto Trail.
  • U.S. Route 98 runs northwest to southeast from Hernando County, Florida, and joins US 19 in Chassahowitzka on its way to Perry.
  • State Road 44 runs east and west through the northern part of the county from Crystal River into Sumter County. A county extension south of the western terminus runs into Fort Island.
  • County Road 48 runs mostly east and west through Southeastern Citrus County. It spans from US 41 Floral City winding southeast along the Withlacoochee River, which it eventually crosses on the way to Bushnell and Center Hill in Sumter County, and Howey-in-the Hills in Lake County. The segment in Bushnell between I-75(Exit 314) and US 301 becomes a state road. Throughout Citrus County, County Road 48 is also shared by the DeSoto Trail.
  • County Road 480 is the southernmost county road in Citrus County. It runs east and west from Chassahowitzka with a short concurrency with US 98, then through the Withlacoochee State Forest where it eventually terminates at US 41 in Floral City, south of CR 48.
  • County Road 490 runs east and west from the Gulf of Mexico along the south side of the Homosassa River until it briefly joins US 19-98 in downtown Homosassa Springs only to head northeast towards SR 44 in Lecanto.
  • County Road 491: A Bi-County road that begins in unincorporated northwestern Hernando County, then runs north and south along the western side of the Withlacoochee State Forest, and into Lecanto and Beverly Hills where it curves east in northern Citrus County and crosses US 41 in Holder, only to terminate at SR 200 near the Citrus-Marion County Line.
  • County Road 581: Runs north and south along the eastern side of the Withlacoochee State Forest from Hernando County Road 481 in Lake Lindsey, into Inverness where it joins SR 44 east towards US 41, only to branch off on its own as a dead end street on the banks of the Withlacoochee River.
Politics
Citrus County leans slightly Republican in national, state and local races, electing a mix of some local Conservative Democrats and Republicans, while generally voting Republican in presidential elections.
Presidential elections results
Year
57.1%
41.1%
1.8%
56.9%
42.1%
1.0%
52.1%
44.6%
3.3%
40.6%
44.4%
15.0%
36.7%
35.6%
27.9%
63.0%
36.4%
0.7%
 
Attractions
 
 
Private Cabin On Sportsmen's Island: Citrus County, FL
Citrus County's most significant tourist draw is that it is currently the only place in the United States where one can interact and swim with the West Indian manatee without that act being viewed as harassment by Law Enforcement.] This endangered species makes Citrus County's spring-fed rivers its wintering home. According to the US Fish & Wildlife Services' Aerial Manatee Surveys, as many as 400 of these unique creatures can be found in Citrus County at one time. This typically occurs only during the coldest months of the year.
Manatees can also be viewed in the underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Most of the park's residents are injured animals undergoing rehabilition or unable to return to the wild. The notable exception is Lucifer, an African hippopotamus. When a permanent home could not be found for the retired actor, then-Governor Lawton Chiles created Lucifer an honorary citizen of the state.
Citrus County also has within its territorial boundaries a number of uninhabited and/or sparsely inhabited coastal islands that can be accessed via watercraft. While some of the Citrus County islands are state lands thus available for public use for recreational opportunities, many other Citrus County islands are private property and are either wholly or partially owned by private parties. A number of the interior islands have private vacation homes and cabins situated along the waterfront.
Media
Citrus County's newspaper of record is the Citrus County Chronicle, published by Landmark Media Enterprises.
Citrus County also has one local TV Station, WYKE-LP. The county is part of the Nielsen-designated Tampa-Saint Petersburg-Sarasota television market.  Bright House Networks and Comcast serve different areas of Citrus County, with Bright House serving the western part of the county, including Crystal River; and Comcast serving Inverness, and the eastern county communities; these systems offer most Tampa Bay stations, plus selected channels from the Orlando and Gainesville markets.
Radio stations in Citrus County are part of the Arbitron-designated Gainesville/Ocala Radio market.

 

There really is a Crystal River in Crystal River, Florida. It is a six mile long winding waterway fed by some 30 springs, connecting Kings Bay with the Gulf of Mexico. The bay and the river combine to provide virtually every aquatic activity conceivable—from swimming and diving, to boating, water skiing, fishing and just drifting along admiring the views that make this city “The Gem of the Nature Coast.”


Long before Europeans came to the New World, native civilizations recognized the resources of the Crystal River area and left signs of their presence, some of which have been excavated and made accessible to visitors at the Crystal River State Archaeological Site. Boaters can see many other mounds as they cruise down the river.

There is solid evidence of the Deptford culture here from 500 BC to 300 A.D, then the Weedon Island culture from 300 to 900 AD, and finally, the Safety Harbor culture from about 900 A.D. until historic times, perhaps 1400 A.D.

Crystal River was once a center of cedar timber logging, and back about 100 years ago a local mill produced cedar slats that were sent to the Dixon Pencil Co. Countless users who chewed on Dixon pencils and released that characteristic aroma of cedar wood were getting a small taste of this beautiful community.

West Indian Manatees—those large, beloved marine mammals that graze underwater vegetation—are frequent visitors to the Crystal River area, because they cannot tolerate the wintertime chilly water of the Gulf of Mexico. Rather, they much prefer the steady 72-degrees of the spring-fed river. Together with neighboring Homosassa, Crystal River is the site of the largest gathering of manatees in North America and the only place in the nation where people can legally swim and snorkel with them.

Fishing was, and continues to be, a major attraction for Crystal River visitors. Many professional athletes have come here to enjoy some of the best saltwater fishing available anywhere. The short run to the Gulf and then the abundance of fish relatively near the shore make for memorable days.

The proximity of the Withlacoochee River provides a freshwater alternate to the saltwater delights of Crystal River. There is a very long canoe trail that can provide a week or more of lazy drifting and exploration, plus equally scenic equestrian trails.

The City of Crystal River has all the resources of any town in America, including excellent schools, convenient shopping, acclaimed antiquing, good restaurants featuring local seafood and produce, a Heritage Village with interesting shops and more. Crystal River also has an excellent airport, suitable for private aircraft and located just outside of the main business area.
 

LIGHT AT THE END OF TUNNEL IN LOCAL HOUSING MARKET..

A recent roundtable discussion among a handful of local real estate, development and banking industries revealed cause for optimism despite the present economic climate.

There's no denying that times are tough, but their outlook on present circumstances and what the future holds has merit.

A good starting point is that Citrus County is an enviable place to live.

Sooner or later the glut of baby boomers coping with the cold and snow of the northland will likely conclude that it may be several years before their home values rise to the all-time high prices of two or three years ago and a sacrifi.

Once on that end it is worth it to enable a desired lifestyle change.

Many in this pent-up market will conclude that putting off the move south isn't worth the sacrifice of their retirement years. With golf, swimming, hiking and an array of other outdoor options available year-round here, shoveling snow is just not that appealing.

Similar to the quandary faced by northerners, would-be home sellers here have to bite the bullet and acknowledge the realistic price they'll fetch for their home, which is loosely what values were in 2004. Some who bought in recent years will take a hit while may others will simply not profit to the degree they'd hoped.

One big factor that potential buyers should be aware of is interest rates are at  historic lows. While it'd likely require more cash down that in the recent past, as well as a solid credit history,  good-old 30 year fixed-rate loans are readily available for those who qualify.  Another factor is that there's a large selection of homes to choose from, making it a buyer's market.

No doubt, Citrus County is experiencing a housing slump that's typical of what much of the nation  is going through.  However, with our enviable locale, a lot of homes to choose from, and banks with low-interest loans awaiting qualified takers, there's every  reason to believe the storm clouds of the recession will give way to brighter economic times.

This was an Editoral featured in the Citurs County Chronicle

AIRPORTS

     There are two county airports located in Citrus County.  One is located in Crystal River just off Highway 19 and the other is located in Inverness behind the Fairgrounds/Race Track just of Highway 41.  There are two International Airports (Orlando and Tampa) within a 90 minute drive of Citrus County and are served by all major carriers.  Gainesville Regional Airport, located within 60 minutes of Citrus County offers service from Delta, US Airways and several commuter airlines.

CHURCHES

     There is a church for everyone in Citrus County.

Assemblies of God                        Inverness                           352/341-1711  

Baha'is of Citrus County                Inverness                           352/344-5177 

Beverly Hills Community Church    Beverly Hills                      352/746-3620 

Christian Center Church                 Homosassa                       352/628-5719     

Citrus County Salvation Army        Homosassa                       352/621-5532  

Crystal River United Methodist Church  Crystal River             352/795-3148      

Faith Lutheran Church                   Lecanto                             352/527-3325      

First Assembly of God                  Crystal River                      352/795-2594      

First Baptist Church                      Crystal River                      352/795-2259      

First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River  Crystal River         352/795-2359      

First United Methodist Church of Homosassa  Homosassa      352/628-4083      

Gospel Light Baptist Church           Lecanto                            352/628-9885     

Grace Baptist Church of Citrus Springs   Citrus Springs           352/465-0362       

Gulf To Lake Church, s.b.c.          Crystal River                      352/795-8077       

Hernando SDA Church                 Hernando                           352/344-2008     

Hernando United Methodist Church   Hernando                      352/726- 7245       

Homosassa Seventh-day Adventist Church   Homosassa Sprg   352/628-7950     

Hope Baptist Church Citrus County    Hernando                     352/464-4441     

Inverness Church of God                  Inverness                        352/726-4524          

Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist   Beverly Hills                   352/746-7040        

Pleasant Grove Road Church of Christ   Inverness                   352/344-9173      

Redeemer Presbyterian Church         Inverness                        352/726-0077       

Roman Catholic Churches of Citrus County - Homosassa, Crystal River, Lecanto,Inverness, Beverly Hills,  Citrus Springs                                                                    

Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church     Lecanto                         352/746-6200       

Shepard's Way Baptist Church          Lecanto                         352/628-0924         

St. Anne's Episcopal Church             Crystal River                  352/795-2176         

Vineyard Christian Fellowship            Inverness                       352/726-1480

 

              ORGANIZATIONS AND CLUBS

     Citrus County is growing.  The purpose of this list is to provide people planning to move to our beautiful area information on Citrus County Community organizations and clubs.  Our list is short, there are many more to find out about.  Hope this will provide an insite into the place we call home.

Citrus Shrine Club          4400 N. Elkam Blvd. Beverly Hills          352/746-6936 

 Abate of Florida, Inc.                                                                            352/489-1644 

 Abundant Life Coach 4 U  2834 W. Rutland Dr Citrus Springs     352/489-4440 

 Beverly Hills Recreation Assoc  530 W. Milkweed Lp Bev Hills   352/746-7040 

Citrus County Historical Society                         Crystal River   kryan@xtalwind.net

Citrus Tree                          3089 S. Graymor Path Inverness    352/341-3711 

Creative Quilters of Citrus    21 Floribunda Court  Homosassa   352/382-7683 

Nature Cost PT Cruisers                                claymont@naturecoastptcruisers.com

Scottish American Society of Citrus County           Homosassa    352/382-2519  

Sky High Amateur Radio Club    w4iir@hotmail.com                  352/382-3108

 

CITRUS COUNTY SCHOOLS

 

Academy of EnvironmentalScience
 
12695 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, 34429
Telephone Number: (352) 795-8793
Fax Number: (352) 794-0065
Administrator: Ben Stofcheck

Student School Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 1:45 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:15 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Email: Fletcherd@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Central Ridge Elementary
 
185 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, 34434
Telephone Number: (352) 344-3833 and (352) 465-5709
Fax Number: (352) 249-2103
Principal: Nancy Simon
Assistant Principal: Kay L. Harper
Student School Hours: 9:20 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Email: WithringtonK@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
   
 
 
 

 

Citrus High School
 
600 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, 34452
Telephone Number: (352) 726-2241
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2102
Principal: Dale A. Johns
Assistant Principals: Teresa Alvarado, Dr. Linda Connors, Deon Copeland
Student School Hours: 7:50 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Email: NeanderS@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
   
 
Citrus Springs Elementary
 
3570 W. Century Blvd., Citrus Springs, 34433
Telephone Number: (352) 344-4079 or (352) 489-8144
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2110
Principal: Scott Hebert
Assistant Principal: Alice Harrell
Student School Hours: 9:20 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:10 A.M. - 3:55 P.M.
Email: McKeownL@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Citrus Springs Middle
 
150 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, 34434
Telephone Number: (352) 344-2244
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2111
Principal: David W. Roland
Assistant Principals: Jason Koon, Jennifer Sasser
Student School Hours: 7:45 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Email: KruegerK@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
CREST
 
2600 S. Panther Pride Drive, Lecanto, 34461
Telephone Number: (352) 527-0303
Fax Number: (352) 527-0355
Principal: Richard C. Hilgert
Assistant Principal: Anita Moon
Student School Hours: 8:45 A.M. – 3:15 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M
Email: ForesterM@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Crystal River High
 
1205 N. E. 8th Avenue, Crystal River, 34428
Telephone Number: (352) 795-4641
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2106
Principal: Mark R. McCoy
Assistant Principals: Charles Brooks, Kit Humbaugh
Student School Hours: 7:45 A.M. - 2:23 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Email: CarterL@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Crystal River Middle
 
344 N. E. Crystal Street, Crystal River, 34428
Telephone Number: (352) 795-2116
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2108
Principal: Gloria M. Bishop
Assistant Principals: Inge Frederick, Brian Lancaster
Student School Hours: 7:45 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Email: HudsonA@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Crystal River Primary
 
8624 W. Crystal Street, Crystal River, 34428
Telephone Number: (352) 795-2211
Fax Number: (352) 249 2109
Principal: Donnie Brown
Assistant Principal: Lee Mulder
Student School Hours: 9:20 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Email: KaiserianC@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Floral City Elementary
 
8457 E. Marvin Street, Floral City, 34436
Telephone Number: (352) 726-1554
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2127
Principal: Janet B. Reed
Assistant Principal: Jennifer Hetland
Student School Hours: 9:20 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Email: CareyM@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Forest Ridge Elementary
 
2927 N. Forest Ridge Blvd., Hernando, 34442
Telephone Number: (352) 527-1808
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2128
Principal: Laura H. Windham
Assistant Principal : Brendan Bonomo
Student School Hours: 9:10 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:05 A.M. - 3:50 P.M.
Email: HeltK3@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Hernando Elementary
 
2975 E. Trailblazer Lane, Hernando, 34442
Telephone Number: (352) 726-1833
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2130
Principal: Laura J. Manos
Assistant Principal: Amanda Parker
Student School Hours: 9:10 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Email: BeldenA@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Homosassa Elementary
 
10935 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa, 34448
Telephone Number: (352) 628-2953
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2131
Principal: Christopher R. Bosse
Assistant Principal: Jill Young
Student School Hours: 8:50 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Email: BalkcomP@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Inverness Middle
 
1950 U. S. Highway 41 North, Inverness, 34450
Telephone Number: (352) 726-1471
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2133
Principal: Patricia A. Douglas
Assistant Principals: Rick Darby, Joseph Susi
Student School Hours: 7:55 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:15 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Email: PerkinsY@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Inverness Primary
 
206 S. Line Avenue, Inverness, 34452
Telephone Number: (352) 726-2632
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2134
Principal: Marlise E. Bushman
Assistant Principal: Michelle McHugh
Student School Hours: 8:50 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:10 A.M. - 3:55 P.M.
Email: WearL@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Lecanto High
 

3810 W. Educational Path, Lecanto, 34461
Telephone Number: (352) 746-2334
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2136
Principal: Jeff Davis
Assistant Principals: Doug Connors, Shawyn Newman, Tony Whitehead
Student School Hours: 7:55 A.M - 2:22 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:00 A.M. - 2:45 P.M.
Email: WeinfurterS@citrus.k12.fl.us
 

 
   
 
 
Lecanto Middle
 
3800 W. Educational Path, Lecanto, 34461
Telephone Number: (352) 746-2050
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2138
Principal: William L. Farrell
Assistant Principals: William Nelson, Ryan Selby
Student School Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 2:35 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:05 A.M. - 2:50 P.M.
Email: NelsonD@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Lecanto Primary
 
3790 W. Educational Path, Lecanto, 34461
Telephone Number: (352) 746-2220
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2139
Principal: Victoria Lofton
Assistant Principal: Jennifer Homan
Student School Hours: 9:20 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:05 A.M. - 3:50 P.M.
Email: PietroburgoR@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Marine Science Station
 

12646 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, 34429
Telephone Number: (352) 795-4393
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2140
Supervisor: Hugh Adkins
Secretary : Catherine Proveaux
Office Hours: 8:00 A.M - 4:00 P.M.
Email: ProveauxC@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Pleasant Grove Elementary
 
630 Pleasant Grove Road, Inverness, 34452
Telephone Number: (352) 637-4400
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2141
Principal: Lynne M. Kirby
Assistant Principal: Robert Hermann
Student School Hours: 8:50 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.
Email: KellvJ21@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Renaissance Center
 
3630 W Educational Path, Lecanto, FL. 34461
Telephone Number: (352) 527-4567
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2144
Principal: Danita T. Eatman
Assistant Principal: Earnest Hopper
Student School Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 7:15 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Email: GerhardtC@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Rock Crusher Elementary
 
814 S. Rock Crusher Road, Homosassa, 34448
Telephone Number: (352) 795-2010
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2143
Principal: John B. Weed
Assistant Principal: Rene Johnson
Student School Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
Teacher School Hours: 8:15 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Email: GushaK@citrus.k12.fl.us
 
   
 
 
Withlacoochee Technical Institute
 
1201 W. Main Street, Inverness, 34450
Telephone Number: (352) 726-2430
Fax Number: (352) 249 - 2157
Email: TobinC@citrus.k12.fl.us
Director: Denise R. Willis
Assistant Directors: Richard Van Gulik (Curriculum)
Judy Johnson (Adult Education)
Secondary Student School Hours: 8:15 A.M. - 2:45 P.M
Post-Secondary Student School Hours: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm.
Teacher School Hours: 7:15 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
 
   
 

If You want anymore information regarding School Zones, Grades, etc. Please visit the Citrus County School Board Website:

http://www.citrus.k12.fl.us/ 

 

  CHASSAHOWITZKA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

    The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1941, is composed of over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River.  The refuge is located approximately 65 miles north of St. Petersburg, Florida and was established primarily to protect waterfowl habitat.  

     Chassahowitzka River is one of the more scenic rivers in Florida.  Accessible only by boat or canoe, the river is one of the state's Outstanding Florida Waters.  Like most of the other rivers in the Springs Coast Watershed, this river is spring fed.  The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge borders the river.  This refuge includes the Chassahowitzka and Homosassa River estuaries, many islands, 12 miles of river, salt marshes and coastal swamps.  This area is protected and managed by several federal, state, and local government agencies.  Today the Southwest Florida Water Management District buys lands that are important to the protection of Florida's water resources.  In 1990, the District began acquiring lands that now make up the Chassahowitzka Riverine Swamp Sanctuary.  Today the Sanctuary is made up of about 5,676 acres of land.  The District's Sanctuary includes both uplands and wetlands.  Some of the trees and plants you will find in the uplands include sand live oaks, fetterbushes, saw palmettos, longleaf pines, and turkey oaks.  Some of the wetland plants include cypress trees, cabbage palms, saw grass, sweetgum trees and red maple trees.  Many animals also make the sanctuary their home.  These animals include Florida black bears, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, river otters, bobcats, ospreys, great blue herons, wood storks, manatees, and whooping cranes.  

     Operation Migration started in 2001.  The second home for the whoopers will be in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.  The migration was the longest journey attempted, 1,250 miles from Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin. 

     Whooping cranes stand about 5 feet tall and are pure white in color with black wing tips and a red crown.  These birds fly at 32 mph.  Do you remember hearing of the movie "Fly Away Home?"  The story is about a little girl who leads migrating geese in an ultralight?  That movie is based on the true experiences of William Lishman and Joseph Duff, founders of Operation Migration.  These people DO fly with the birds.  May you always hear the whisper of wings...

     The West Indian manatees are large mammals with a body that tapers to a flat, paddle-shaped tail.  They are grayish-brown in color and have two flippers with nails on them.  The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weights about 1000 pounds.  

     Manatees are concentrated in Florida in the winter, but can be found as far west as Louisiana and as far north as Virginia in the summer months.  The manatee lives in warm, shallow rivers, bays, estuaries, and coastal waters.  They are often found in the warm waters released by power plants.  The clarity of the water is not important.  Manatees prefer water that has a depth of  1 - 2 meters.

     Manatees are very gentle, slow-moving, graceful swimmers.  They eat aquatic plants.  Manatees must come to the surface to breath.  Manatees have no natural enemies, and it is believed they can live 60 years or more.  Many manatee mortalities are human-related. Most occur from collisions with watercraft.  The loss of habitat is a serious threat.  There are approximately 2600 manatees left in the United States.  You can see the manatees in the local rivers in the winter or in the Homosassa Springs State Park.  Crystal River, Florida is the only area where the herds are growing.  The City of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs area of Citrus County are very proud of this.  Manatee tours are available, so that you can observe the manatee in their natural habitat.  Most tours have guides that are true professional and respect the manatees and its environment.   

GOLFING

     Challenges are everywhere when you golf in Citrus County.  Citrus County, the unspoiled gem in the heart of Florida's Nature Coast offers many public and private courses that beckon to both serious and casual golfers.  There are more than 50 courses in our area.  With one of the world's greatest concentrations of golf courses, some people refer to Florida's Gulf Coast as the "Golf Coast."    The Nature Coast courses - include four ranked among the top 100 in the nation by Golf Digest magazine.  With so many courses to choose from, long waits for tee times are rare and play usually moves along at a pleasant pace.  Mother Nature has provides us with our magnificent landscape to remind golfers of why then have chosen to play in the great outdoors that Citrus County has to offer.  Below is a list of some of Citrus County area golf courses.  The Citrus County Florida Golf offering is an ever changing and growing list.

Black Diamond Golf & Country Club          Lecanto          352/746-3446

Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club                 Citrus Hills      352/746-4425

Citrus Springs Golf & Country Club           Citrus Springs   352/489-5045

Inverness Golf & Country Club                   Inverness         352/637-2526

Lakeside Golf & Country Club                    Inverness        352/726-1461

Pine Ridge Country Club & Golf Course     Pine Ridge       352/746-6177

Plantation Golf Club                                  Crystal River     352/795-7211

Seven Rivers Golf Club                             Crystal River     352/795-2100

Southern Woods Golf Club                    Sugarmill Woods 352/382-5996

Sugarmill Woods Country Club             Sugarmill Woods 352/382-2663

Twisted Oaks Country Club & Golf Club  Beverly Hills    352/746-6257

World Woods Golf Club                           Brooksville     352/796-5550 x 4

 FISHING

     We have seven of Florida's outstanding water bodies.  We are sure you will have an abundance of choices, and a productive and enjoyable time when coming here to fish.  

     If freshwater is your preference, then you have your choice of sunshine bass in the Lake Tsala Apopka chain, speckled perch in Lake Rousseau, catfish in the Withlacoochee or the ultimate southern quarry, the Florida Largemouth Bass, just about everywhere.

     If saltwater is more to your liking, you can seek grouper and snapper at the reefs (Citrus County Reef #1, Laran Co-ordinate 14356.2/45305.05) and rock piles of the coast, sea trout and Spanish mackerel on the grass beds, cobia and sheepshead at the markers, redfish and whiting off the oyster bars, and record size tarpon working the flats.

     Once you have decided what you would like to fish for, the next choice is where you want to start.  We have numerous boat ramps, fishing piers, bridges, and locations for bank fishing as well as professional guides, party boats, and boat rental businesses to serve you.  Choose one of our local captains to take you out and show you where the fish are biting.

     We also have many bait shops and sporting goods stores where you can purchase live bait and the newest "can't miss" lures.  They may even fill you in on the location of the latest hot spots.

     If you would like to go even further and find that special spot that the locals always seem to know about, try asking them!  Citrus County's regulars are usually ready to share a few secrets, although I wouldn't go as far to ask for directions to that 10 pound bass they caught last week!

     The last decision for you to make is when you want to come to fish.  That depends on you,  Certain fish, however, do have closed seasons and or special requirements that could effect your decision of when to visit.  So select the time that is right for you and come and enjoy "Mother Nature's Theme Park!"

  

 

 

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Crystal River is truly the City of festivals!  It is home to many much loved festivals that draw thousands of people, such as the Manatee Festival, Scarecrow Fest, Octoberfest, the Stone Crab Jam, the Scallop Festival, the 4th of July Fireworks Show and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. 

 

Additionally, the City sponsors free entertainment in the form of "Music In The Park" which takes place at the Gazebo behind City Hall the third weekend of each month.  There are numerous fine restaurants, cafes and pubs both in Crystal River and within a short drive.  Also nearby are other great attractions such as the Homosassa Wildlife Park, ancient Indian Mounds and the cultural center of Citrus County, the Art Center Theater which is a first rate performing arts center.

 

Crystal River is proud of it's history, parks, natural beauty, low tax structure and first rate municipal services.

 

Treat yourself and your family to our many attractions, warm laid back welcoming folks and a slower pace.

 

Enjoy Crystal River!

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