New Days for the After School Tutoring Program

Most of our volunteers at the Homosassa Civic Club are very busy working on the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival to make it even better.  Since this a really important event for the Homosassa Civic Club, the days are being changed at the Old Homosassa Learning Center’s after school program.  To give our volunteers a break, the OHLC will now be open to the students Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30 – 5:30.

We will continue having our special programs.  Yoga on Tuesday.  Music on Wednesday.  Sewing on Thursday.

 

 

Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Old Homosassa Heritage Park
View of the Homosassa River from the Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Almost three years ago, Roger Cullen, a resident of Old Homosassa, formed the “Access to the River” committee with the goal of creating a county park on the Homosassa River.  There is no free public access to the residents of the county to the river.  The original committee was made up of representatives of the Homosassa Civic ClubSave the Homosassa River Alliance,  and the Old Homosassa Heritage Council.

After many meetings and months of planning, the committee approached the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) for support to help purchase the Old Homosassa Heritage Park–a “working waterfront’ park.  This spot would continue with Shelley’s Seafood, the shrimp docks, and the Wild Sassa food trailer.  A house on the property would be turned into a museum dedicated to Old Homosassa, its history, and heritage.  The park would include a canoe and kayak launching area, a recreational fishing pier, benches and a picnic area.

Old Homosassa Heritage Park
Shelley’s Seafood on the Homosassa River
Old Homosassa Heritage Park
This house on the property will be converted into the Old Homosassa Heritage Museum

The Citrus BOCC unanimously voted on  January 26, 2016 to create a Public-Private Partnership to “enhance access to the river for the citizens of Homosassa”.  Senator Wilton Simpson and Representative Ralph E. Massullo, MD also supported the committee and they were able to secure $850,000 in state funding for the park.

To respond to any concerns the citizens of Citrus County might have, the Homosassa Civic Club is sponsoring a community meeting on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 at 6 pm in the Old Homosassa Learning Center.  The meeting will begin with a presentation on the park which will be followed by a question and answer period.

The following Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1 pm begins the next meeting of the Citrus BOCC.  The fate of the park is now up to the commissioners during this meeting.  They will vote on funding the additional $550,000 that is necessary for the purchase of the property.

If you would like to know more about the park, please attend the community meeting.  If you want to make this park reality, email your county commissioners your support and attend the Citrus BOCC next Tuesday.

Let’s have public access to the Homosassa River for all of Citrus County!

Old Homosassa Heritage Park
Artist Sheldon Lydy’s rendering of the Old Homosassa Heritage Museum.

 

UPDATES for the Old Homosassa Learning Center and the Homosassa Civic Club

Hurricane Irma knocked many trees down in our community.  Along with the trees came the power and cable lines.  Power was not restored to the Civic Club campus until Saturday night.

Therefore, we’ve had to make some adjustments to our schedule.

Sew Cool! Workshop with Faith Peix returns this Thursday, the 21st, in the OHLC building.

The After School Learning Program led by Ruth Toner-Hatfield will begin on September 25th and run from 3:30 – 5:30 at the OHLC.  No charge.  If you would like to volunteer for the after school program email homosassacivicclub@gmail.com or stop by during open hours.

Yoga with Tiffany will start back into it’s regular schedule on Tuesday, September 26th.  The OHLC main room has been refurbished and the yoga classes will be held there now.

The Girl Scouts will resume meeting in the Homosassa Civic Center on Thursdays.

Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival volunteer meeting will be this Thursday at 4 pm in the office building.

The next Homosassa Civic Club meeting is October 2nd at 7 pm.  Pot Luck/Social Hour starts at 6 pm.

On October 5th at 6 pm there will be a Community Meeting in the OHLC.  Details coming soon.

The HOMOSASSA ARTS, CRAFTS, AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL IS NOVEMBER 11TH AND 12TH