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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.

President’s Pen April 2021

As we look out and see the grass growing, we also see many new homes being built in Citrus Springs. These are a sign that our neighborhood will and is changing. We as good citizens need to remind all the new people why they chose Citrus Springs; quiet, clean, safe, nice homes and good place to live and raise a family or retire. These are basics we all enjoy but to keep our neighborhood that way we all need to abide by the deed restrictions. Ask the new neighbor did they receive a copy of the deed restrictions. If they answer no, then let them know there are copies available at the office, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd. or online at  They are common sense items. If, however you have specific questions please call the office. Don’t just hang up if you get the answer machine please leave a message and how to contact you. The machine does not give us your phone number so please say the number at least three times. If you want to speak to someone in person you can visit the office on Monday or Wednesday afternoon from 1 – 5 PM. I will be glad to assist you with any questions.

Our meetings take place each month on the third Thursday at 7 PM. The meetings are open to residents. We try to listen to our residents with an open mind and then we discuss ideas. We have guest speakers talk on topics which relate to our community. If you are a speaker or know of a speaker please contact the office and let us know. The telephone number is (352)897-5009 Please leave a message someone will get back to you.

We are open for Bingo the second and fourth Sunday of each month now. The doors open at 12:30 PM and the  fun games begin at 1:30 PM. We are now offering cold sandwiches along with snacks. Each time we play we give out $1000 in prize money. Come check us out.

One of the biggest concerns residents in our community has is the shape of our roads. If you have a pothole near you, please call it in (352)527-7610. They county will come fill it in. Another way is also call Citrus County Engineering (352)527-5446 and ask when your road is going to be resurfaced. The more people call the faster we will get noticed and maybe things will start to be done. This is just a suggestion.

The roads are a favorite topic for me. Currently anyone purchasing gasoline in Citrus County pays $0.15 per gallon gas tax. This tax doesn’t go very far since it is for all types of transportation needs not just residential road resurfacing and repaving. You may not know but this is the highest amount a county can collect in a gasoline tax. People are driving less and less and now we are adding electric cars, no gasoline. The tax dollars are shrinking which means less will be there to pave roads. A thought which I think people need to consider is a referendum to add a ½ cent sales tax on purchases at the store. This tax would need to be specific and say it can only be used for Residential road resurfacing and repaving ONLY. It would need to be for a specific amount of time like 4 years only. If it were collected and then used our roads would begin to be repaired like they need to be. There must be a specific time constraint not open ended. If the citizens are happy with the results it can always be renewed for another 4 years. This would make the money go where it is needed and not to whatever pet project the county decides. The citizens have earmarked the funds for a specific area of need. Then it can only be spent on that need. Citizens need to think, a ½ cent for each dollar would only cost most people about $10 per year. If you spent $2 if would be a $0.01 additional to the cost. You already spend the additional tax if you shop in Marion County or Hernando County. Just something to consider.

Well, I hope everyone is staying healthy and had a wonderful Easter.  Watch for upcoming events as we begin fun activities again.

Civic Association

The Presidents Pen

by Mike Cooper

In last month’s inaugural edition of the Citrus Springs Villager, I outlined a little bit of the history of the Citrus Springs Civic Association (CSCA), and highlighted a few of the events and activities we have brought to the community and some which are planned for the future. I want today to emphasize that this organization exists to serve all of the citizens and property owners of Citrus Springs. Pursuant to the original bylaws of the association adopted in 1976 the purposes of the CSCA were then and remain today as follows:
1. To promote the general welfare of the residents of Citrus Springs and to act in their behalf whenever feasible and appropriate.
2. To provide a public forum wherein residents may discuss matters of mutual interest and concern.
3. To facilitate the initiation and implementation of necessary or desirable community services and activities.
4. To provide for recognized official liaison and communication with officials of state and county government and with the Deltona Corporation or its successor.
5. To provide a means by which community organizations may cooperate and coordinate their activities.
Our goal is to help to make this a closer-knit community, where folks feel like they belong and feel that this is our shared home town.
Throughout most of the history of Citrus Springs there have been large numbers of people who actively participated in numerous community events and who also belonged to some of the more than 30 social and philanthropic organizations based here. In 2000 there were more than 800 members of the CSCA at a time when the population was much less than what it is now. Dozens of people volunteered their time and talents to help out at the many Association activities, dinners, theater productions, concerts, parades, numerous annual youth events, the list goes on and on. By all accounts folks had a ball getting to know and to like their neighbors by working together to help others and to make their community a better place to live. They were proud to call Citrus Springs their home and with good reason. The officers and Directors of the CSCA share that pride and enthusiasm for this community and our hope is that you will as well.
It is one of the greatest ironies of this so-called information age that with the explosion of nearly universal and astoundingly powerful tools of communication we are becoming more isolated and separated from our fellow citizens and neighbors. With the most amazing capacity to reach out and interact with people, to establish meaningful and beneficial relationships, we are becoming a nation of technology hermits, spending more time with our machines than with our human friends and neighbors, and becoming more and more isolated from human interaction.
Like most of you, who like me are baby boomers or a maybe a little beyond, I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew their neighbors, where people watched out for each other, where community projects drew almost everyone out to help. We had roots in that town, it meant something to us to be from there. It was a small, hole in the wall place, but it was our place and what made it special was the shared common experience of being a part of that place and time with our friends and neighbors. We never felt alone, isolated or anonymous.
I believe we can recapture that small-town sense of belonging and a shared sense of community spirit by getting out and getting to know one another. Our association can be the catalyst to make that possible.

Citrus Springs Villager and new Website

As President of the Citrus Springs Civic Association (CSCA), I am thrilled to be able to welcome you to the Citrus Springs Villager, inaugural edition and the new Home page on the Citrus Springs web-site. Here you will find all the news of what is going on in our community, upcoming events, features on some of the many organizations and businesses who serve our citizens, county issues that impact us, and so much more. I invite you to let me know if you have ideas for articles, would like to contribute your own content or have information on a local organization you would like to share.

The CSCA has always been a part of the Citrus Springs Community; within the last few years, it has been given a make-over. Things have changed, and I ask you to give the CSCA a second look. You might be surprised at how hard we are working to make this a better, closer-knit community, to protect and enhance the quality of life we enjoy here and in so doing to increase the value of all our homes. Over the next several issues I will explain in some detail what the CSCA is, what it has accomplished so far and our plans for continuing to improve our community.

One important point of communication found in the Citrus Springs Villager is the calendar of events just for Citrus Springs. Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating our hometown by attending some of these events. Many are free and all are affordable. You’ll get out, have a wonderful time and support your community as well.

Our most recent event was our Red, White and Blue 4th of July dinner held on July 3rd at the Citrus Springs Community Center. The meal was delicious with baked ziti and meatballs, salad, bread, ice cream and strawberry shortcake for dessert. An entertaining and informative rendition of the founding document formerly declaring our right to independence from Great Britain was enjoyed by all as was the awarding of multiple door prizes and the 50-50 raffle.

For today I want to give you a brief overview of the history of the CSCA and some of the things your civic association has been doing for the community over the last couple of years.

The Citrus Springs subdivision with over 33,000 lots, approximately 420 miles of roadways, beautifully laid out on more than 15,000 acres by the Mackle brothers was approved in the late 1960’s. The 50th anniversary of this community is coming up soon and will be celebrated in March of 2020. The Mackle family turned the project over to the Deltona Corporation early in its development. Then the subdivision was approved as a Planned Unit Development with residential lots, commercial lots, church parcels, parks, schools, and everything that a self-contained community would need. Deltona marketed the residential lots to people all over the world. Currently, there are approximately 4,500 homes in Citrus Springs with an estimated 9,000 residents and more than 25,000 vacant residential lots. There are approximately 400 commercial parcels with most located on both sides of North Citrus Springs Blvd., and others along Deltona Blvd. There are a number of duplex and multi-family lots located east of Deltona Blvd. Initially there were two excellent 18-hole golf courses until the unfortunate closing of the El Diablo course.

The CSCA was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation by filing Articles of Incorporation with the Florida Secretary of State on January 13, 1976. A Constitution and Bylaws were adopted to govern the operation of the Association and, as amended by the members from time to time over the years, they remain today as the framework for the governance of the CSCA.

On November 8, 1995, the Deltona Corporation assigned the legal authority to enforce the Deed Restrictions applicable to all of the residential lots in the subdivision to the CSCA. Deed restrictions will be covered in an upcoming edition of the Citrus Springs Villager.

The CSCA has played an important role in fostering a sense of camaraderie and community pride in Citrus Springs helping to make this a place we can be proud to call our hometown. The level of interest, citizen involvement and commitment has varied from time to time, but the current Board of Directors has made a commitment to reinvigorating the CSCA and reawakening the sense of pride in and of belonging to this community. Over the last two years, the Association has undertaken a multitude of projects, activities and events with the goal of uniting our community, protecting our investments and giving our community a voice within the local governmental organizations.

These activities include among others:

  1. The Future of Citrus Springs Committee Report, delivered on Dec. 2015, discussing issues important to the community including fire and police services, the county’s failure to provide proper road repaving, firearms use in built up residential areas, the Citrus Springs M.S.B.U. (Municipal Services Benefit Unit), County taxation vs services received, Association fund raising options and possible incorporation of Citrus Springs as a City.
  2. 2016 Membership Drive which doubled our association membership.
  3. Fundraising activities including our very successful and growing Bingo the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, and events such as the community indoor yard sales, craft fairs, casino trips and others.
  4. Creation of community events such as: dinners, festivals, parades, and year round activities. See the schedules of events elsewhere in this edition of the Villager.
  5. We have regularly spoken out to the Board of County Commissioners on issues of particular concern to Citrus Springs. For example, we successfully defeated a proposal for a discriminatory and excessive tax proposed to be assessed against Citrus Springs property owners for road repairs. At the same time we have established an excellent working relationship with the County Parks and Recreation Department allowing us extensive access to and no cost use of the Community Center for our meetings and events.
  6. Communication to our residents. We are creating a new website and an upgraded phone system that will forward all incoming messages to the intended recipient’s email which we believe will eliminate the frustrating problem we have had of inadequate and constantly full voicemail boxes, plus it saves us hundreds of dollars per year.

The Citrus Springs Civic Association is served by nine volunteer member Board of Directors who are elected by members of the CSCA and by a small group of dedicated volunteers all of whom give of their time, skills and varied expertise for the sole purpose of benefiting our community. We ask for your support, check out our website as it rolls out, come to one of our meetings and some of our events, have a cup of coffee or an iced tea with us, get to know your neighbors, meet some old friends and make some new ones. If you agree that what we are doing is worthwhile and good for the community consider joining the Civic Association, it’s only $15 per year for the whole household. If you can contribute a few hours of your time occasionally to benefit your friends and neighbors we could sure use your help.