President’s Pen – November 2021

The time is coming for activity after activity. The weather may eventually get a little cooler but as for now cool mornings and warmer afternoons are a nice change. We had our October members meeting on Thursday, October 21. George Rusaw was our guest speaker. He gave up an update as to what is happening with the Habitat for Humanity Citrus Springs project. For those who were unable to attend things are moving in order. There are families applying for homes. The roads and water and sewer are going in. Building will start hopefully before January. This is a 15-year build. It will take 15 years for all the 500 homes to be built. If you have questions or concerns about this project call our office or stop by and we have pamphlets. (352)897-5009

We are looking forward to Christmas decorations and people entering the House Decorating Contest. The parade is scheduled for Sunday December 19. The route goes from the fountain area to Wesley Jones Park. The festivities begin at 2 PM. There will be activities at the park. Music, games, food and awards for the house decorating and the raffle basket winners. It is always lots of fun for all ages. If you have any questions call our office (352)897-5009 and leave a message we will call you back.

I have tried to get the message across to all our residents, homeowners and renters, that CITRUS SPRINGS IS A DEED RESTRICTED COMMUNITY. You need to realize, I and the Executive Board did not write the deed restrictions but we are charged with making sure residents follow the restrictions. It is not an easy job. We are a large community and yes, there are many people who feel they do not need to follow anything. The Civic Association tries to make our community safe, clean and valuable. The deed restrictions are not hard to live with. They do not tell you what color your house must be or that you cannot have a metal roof. They do however say to be kind to your neighbors by keeping your property neat, grass cut, garbage cans taken in after the garbage man has collected the refuse. Fences are for safety so please get a permit and put them at the back wall of your house which is required. The biggest problem we face is that residents have Recreational vehicles and they must be put on your property behind the front wall of the house. The boats and campers do not belong in the driveway or on the front yard, or on the easement by the road. This is not an acceptable place. Please contact the Association and fill out the permit for these vehicles. Please, place your vehicle where it belongs.

Our member’s meetings are open to the public please come and learn about what is going on in our community. The meeting for December will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, December 9th. The office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 PM and Tuesday and Friday from 9 to 1 PM. If you call, please leave a message slowly and repeat your telephone number so we can get back to you and address your concern. If you want to report something you feel is a deed violation, remember we do not expect you leave your name but an exact address of the problem property. I try to tell everyone the Association is here to make our community better.

Well, Happy Thanksgiving and may you enjoy God’s Blessing at this holiday season.

Citrus Springs Civic Association Presents: Lock, Stock & Barrel

Lock, Stock, & Barrel featured vocal artists Richie Merritt, Stan Prinston, and Charlie De. This group will have you wishing for more.  Every song will bring a memory or two to each listener.  Audiences cannot help but sing along with every song. Remember when “Cara Mia” first came out, or maybe “Crazy” by Patsy Client, and who doesn’t remember, “Ruby Baby” by Dion and The Bemont’s …. Now just so you know their song don’t stop there, how about “Papa Was a Rollin Stone”, or “Stairway to Heaven”.  Hey, this is just a small sampling.  These are just the tip of the iceberg on what they have in store for you the listener.

Lock, Stock & Barrel has a repertoire like no other group because of the versatility of these professional entertainers.  And they are the “real deal” not the Want-A-Bee’s/  these singers are original artists.  You know, I am sure you have seen ads for “The Eagles” and then in small print “A Tribute Band”.  Well, we promise you Rickie Merritt from the Marcels will sing “Blue Moon”, and Stan Prinston from the Flamingos will sing “I Only Have Eyes for You”, and Charlie De, who has played keyboard along with singing a few songs.  This is music that will have you asking for more because you just love hearing and singing along with the artists.

So… Go…. Now….. either call 352-897-5009 or drop by the office at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd, Citrus Springs (the Citrus Springs Community Center). To reserve or purchase a ticket or two.  The cost is $10 per person for Citrus Springs Civic Association members or $15/ person for non-members.  

Come find out for yourself why Lock, Stock & Barrel concerts always sell out.

2017 Christmas Home Decoration

Dashing through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh, over the fields we go, laughing all the way… OOPS, not quite, at least not the “snow” or “sleigh” parts. The Civic Association Judges did travel throughout the community looking at and discussing all the entries in this year’s home decorating contest.

The judges caravanned about Citrus Springs and looked carefully at each of the eleven registered homes. It was a very cool evening, however, the judges went about their jobs with smiles and laughter boosted by the spirit and joy of the season.

Once all the homes were visited a meeting was held and the top four winners were chosen.

The 2017 winners are;

First place, Albert and Lynne Morneault, 7065 N Tallwood Dr.

Second place, Roy and Charlotte Marler, 10936 N Airway Loop

Third place, Richard Giusti, 10345 N Abby Dr.

Fourth place, Kipp Ramsey, 9338 N Citrus Springs Blvd.

A very merry thank you and congratulations to our winners!

Christmas Parade A Huge Success

The Citrus Springs Christmas Parade and Celebration Party was a great success. We could not have asked for a more delightful day with our picturesque blue skies and bountiful sunshine. Thousands of people of all ages were treated to one of our largest Christmas parades ever as it marched from our famous Fountain along the tree-lined Boulevard and culminating at Wesley Jones Park. A large Celebration party awaited the parade participants and the general public, featuring live music, many things for children to do and of course a visit from a rotund and cheerful Santa. Food vendors were plentiful to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. What a perfect way for families and friends to spend a day together in our community.

This annual event could not have been possible without the terrific help from all our volunteers and sponsors such as;

 

Event Coordinator, Lou Ann Braglin

 

Sponsors;

Citrus Springs Civic Association

Boulevard Bistro LLC.

Sparrow Sunoco

Girl Scout Troop 14112

Nick Nicholas Ford and Lincoln

Don Marchetti, signs and banners

 

Parade Participants –

Grand Marshall – Commissioner, Jimmie T. Smith

Santa Claus

Girl Scout Troop 14112

Girl Scout Troop 415

Rotary Club of Central Citrus County

Military Vehicle Preservation

Citrus County Cruisers

North Oak Baptist Church

Nick Nicholas Ford and Lincoln

Larry Dasch

Corvette and Camaro Club

Citrus Springs Fire Department with Truck

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

AMVETS Post 89

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church

Cub Scouts Pack 462

Nature Coast Young Marines

SGT Gunter – JROTC – Dunnellon High School

Greener Side Haven Inc.

VFW Post 4864 Honor Guard

Crystal River DAV/DAVA 158

Edward W. Penno VFW Post 4864

Empowered ATA – Martial Arts

North Oak Baptist – Men on a Mission

Beverly Hills Irish American Social Club Inc.

Boom Town Realty

Citrus Shrine Club

Mission Impossible – Citrus Springs Church

Citrus Springs Middle School Band

Women in the Wind

St. John Paul II

Girl Scouts West Central Florida

Citrus Jeep Life Club

Advanced Aluminum

Nature Coast Soccer

Jenkins Auto Club

Snow’s Country Market

 

At the Park

 

Santa Claus for Pictures with all the excited children

Citrus County Animal Control, Officer Terry Funderback

Drew Drop Farms Catering

Citrus Springs Church – Mission Impossible

Citrus Springs Elementary School PTO

Young Marines

Kona Ice of Citrus County

OMG Pretzel Bites

Citrus 95.3 Radio Station with DJ, Trae

Citrus Inflatables

Edward Jones

Joy and Praise Church

Grace Baptist Church

Mission Impossible Church, youth band

 

Special thanks to the well over two dozen dedicated volunteers that helped make this day a safe and happy celebration in our Community.

 

The 2017 “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” Parade Float winners are;

 

1st Place   Greener Side Haven

2nd Place  “Rockin around the Cradle”, Lutheran Church

3rd Place   Rotary Club – Santa

 

Roy Goyette

Director of Communications, Citrus Springs Civic Association