What is Citrus 20 / 20 and why you should care.

In 1995, Citrus 20/20, was formed by the group Leadership Citrus and was set about to bring together individuals who would represent the diverse elements of the county and to begin charting it’s future in terms of a vision for future growth. During this process they found that the most desired contents of Citrus County were are the unique and irreplaceable wealth of the county's natural resources, from bays, lakes, trees, parks and preserves to greenbelts.

Looking into the future with looming significant changes, it was deemed critical by the group if Citrus County wanted to control its own destiny and to remain a desirable place to live, that a plan was needed. With the rapidly increasing population, the proposed Suncoast Parkway connecting us to Tampa Bay, and evidence of stress to natural systems (water and land), the steering committee felt action on a vision must begin immediately through the collective effort of all affected.

Their guiding philosophy was to bring 130-140 participants from all walks of life together to begin brainstorming about where the county should be in 25 years - the year 2020 A.D. That group of citizens came together in three sessions during early 1995. Many of the diverse group of participants had been at odds with their fellow visionaries on various issues and had never sat down together to discuss anything. Yet in a forthright and earnest spirit of cooperation, and with the help of professional facilitators, they enthusiastically fashioned the initial elements of the vision.

Our indigenous natural resources need to be maintained and restored for future generations. More particularly, we treasure the water resources in our county's lakes, springs, rivers and estuaries along the gulf, as well as the inter-related underground aquifer that supplies them and gives us our drinking water.

We treasure our education system with its growing potential and its ability to meet the changing needs of our young people and residents. Our small town atmosphere, the rich people-resources of our diverse population, our low crime rate and extensive community involvement all make Citrus County the special place that it is. We recognize that our future economic and physical well-being, our desire for managed growth, and our semi-rural ambience depend upon our ability to take a balanced stand. It is for this purpose that we create this Vision Statement to help chart that course.

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