Arrowhead neighborhood

A home in the Arrowhead neighborhood near the Withlacoochee River is surrounded by floodwaters in October, weeks after Hurricane Irma passed Citrus County.

Irma recovery workshop set

In partnership with the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC), Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), and federal partners, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is hosting a regional “Economic Recovery and Resiliency Efforts Following Hurricane Irma” workshop on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, 915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided and no RSVP is needed.

This is a chance to network with other local and regional leaders and to understand more about how you can be most effective in supporting local economic recovery from Hurricane Irma. The workshop will be especially useful for people in a business or community leadership position and will provide inspiring examples from communities around the country that have experienced and recovered from disasters.

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For more information about this event, call Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council at 727-570-5151.

U.S. 19 holes fixed, lanes open

Road crews Wednesday morning finished repairing a pair of holes on U.S. 19 near Homosassa, easing traffic on the congested section of highway, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

Inside lanes of north- and south-bound U.S. 19, north of Jump Court, were closed since Jan. 30, when two voids caved in on the southbound left lane and median. Those lanes reopened at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, according to FDOT.

FDOT-contracted crews have also been working to improve the highway, a project expected to conclude in early 2019.

— Buster Thompson/Staff writer

Sip and Stroll in CR Thursday

A Sip and Stroll event will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb 8, on Citrus Avenue in Crystal River. Live music will be provided for the free event along the historic Main Street of the city.

Free samples of wine, beer and food will be available. Participating businesses will be marked with balloons. Meet at the corner of Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19. The Crystal River Main Street organization is the sponsor of the event.

Veterans Caucus to meet tonight

The newsly formed Citrus County Democratic Veterans Caucus (CCDVC), the mission of which is to boost Democratic candidates supportive of veterans’ issues, will meet Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Democratic Executive Committee headquarters in the Crystal River Mall.

CCDVC meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month.

Membership is open to veteran and non-veteran registered Democrats. Call 352-794-6474.

Love Your Library benefit Feb. 9

Tickets to the eighth annual Love Your Library celebration to benefit the Library Foundation Fund are on sale until the evening of the event and will be available at the door, as well. The event will be Friday, Feb. 9, at Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

The event will have a 1960s’ theme, with attendees dressed in attire of the era. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a DJ providing tunes, drinks and a silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased at any branch of the Citrus County Library System or by calling 352-746-9077.

— From staff reports