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Assistant City Manager & Community Departments

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Assistant City Manager Brown "Jack" Dumas oversees the Planning & Community Development Services Department, Community Services Department, Public Works Department, Three Sisters Springs Center, and he is the longstanding Chief of the Crystal River Fire Department. 

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Office:  352-795-4216, ext 305
Cell:  352-634-0559

Email: jdumas@crystalriverfl.org

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This page contains information on the following departments and services:

Planning & Community Development Services

   (Permitting, Planning, Zoning, Code Enforcement and Business Taxes)

Community Services

   (Parks Enforcement and Pump-Out Services)

Fire Department 

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The Planning & Community Development Services Department

The Planning & Community Development Services Department is responsible for managing and coordinating the building, planning, zoning and floodplain management of the City of Crystal River.

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Staff assists individuals and businesses in understanding the City Ordinances, Land Development Codes, and applications required to facilitate approval of requests while meeting the objectives of the individual's or business' project.  While utilizing proactive planning practices based on adopted regulations and statutes, the department coordinates all land development activities in the city.  They review applications for development projects, make recommendations for numerous processes including rezoning, conditional use, variances, site plans, and subdivision applications.  These applications are reviewed for completeness and compliance with the Land Development Code (LDC) and the City's Comprehensive Plan.  You may access the LDC via the search function of the City's Code of Ordinances link on the main page, or click here

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Planning & Community Development Services also prepares and presents detailed information to the Planning Commission for a recommendation to the City Council. Additionally, the department addresses questions from the public and other government agencies about the City’s Land Development Regulations and procedures.

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Director:  Brian Herrmann, 352-795-4216, ext. 308; email bherrmann@crystalriverfl.org

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Department Assistant:   Office: 352-795-4216, ext. 316; email Andrea Hullstrung

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Business Tax Receipts 

The City of Crystal River is a business-friendly community.  We are eager to help small and large business owners succeed in opening and operating their business in the city limits of Crystal River. The business tax receipt has been part of Florida State Statutes for over one hundred years and is required by any person who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the municipality, and any one engaging in or managing a business, profession or occupation within its jurisdiction.  It used to be called a business license, as a business is not able to open or operate prior to completing this process.  The tax helps support the local municipality and area development, and it serves as an initial step to prevent fraud and safeguard the public.  It is a means to ensure businesses and professionals are registered or licensed with the appropriate State agencies (so the State may monitor ongoing education requirements and conduct inspections as applicable), the commercial location meets zoning requirements and the building is safe for operation and public use. 

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For further information, please read the below information pages.  Check back again soon, as the application and additional information will soon be posted on the City Forms & Applications page. 

  

Business Tax Receipt Information

Standard Business Tax Receipt Requirements 2019

Business Tax Receipt Application

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Business Services Specialist: Melanie Harkovich

352-795-4216, ext. 342; email mharkovich@crystalriverfl.org

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Code Enforcement

The City of Crystal River Code Enforcement Office is responsible for preserving the quality of life and value of both public and private properties.  This service is a catalyst in preserving a high standard of living by mitigating conditions which may threaten lives, health, safety and general welfare of the residents and visitors of this city.  Code Enforcement provides a comprehensive inspection system to respond to citizen complaints and enforce minimum standards ordinance, zoning, land development and sign regulations. Code enforcement is handled by our Community Development Coordinator, as she is a State Certified Level IV Code Enforcement Officer.  She helps with issues regarding building permitting, fire department, and law enforcement to enforce ordinances within the city.  You may access the City Code of Ordinances from the main page or at the MuniCode website

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Code Enforcement Hearing Dockets, liens and appeals processcan be found at http://www.crystalriverfl.org/page/code_enforcement_docket.  

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Community Development Coordinator:  Stefanie Semmes 

352-795-4216, ext. 340, cellular 352-436-2016; email ssemmes@crystalriverfl.org

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Fire Department

The members of the Crystal River Fire Department are recognized as leaders in the profession and as community role models. They provide responsive services to the citizens by investing in training, education, tools and equipment. They are being accountable to each other and strive to promote one another’s abilities as they guide the department into the future.

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The Crystal River Fire Department duty is to protect the lives and property of our citizens, business owners and visitors to the City of Crystal River by providing the highest level of service through fire and life safety prevention, public education, emergency medical services on a first responder's level, fire suppression and the mitigation of the effects of natural disasters.

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In addition to fire suppression, the Fire Department is involved in search and rescue operations, working closely with other city and county agencies to ensure the safety and welfare of the community.

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Understanding that education is the key to prevention, the department offers their services to the public to educate in fire safety and preventative measures.  They attend civic events and demonstrate their equipment to the public.

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Fire Chief:  Brown "Jack" Dumas III,  cellular 352-634-0559

If you have a fire related emergency call 911. 

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Parks Enforcement

Park Rangers interact with a wide variety of park patrons.  They are tasked with patrolling, protecting and supervising the City's parks and boat ramps.  Park Rangers patrol City parks, boat ramps and parking areas to make sure visitors are following the rules and do not disrupt the natural environment or fellow guests. 

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City Boat Ramps are located at 1 SW 1st Place (at Pete's Pier) and at 558 NW 3rd Avenue (just north of City Hall). There is a launch fee that you can pay at one of the meters and the ramps are patrolled by Park Rangers throughout the day.  Hunter Springs and Kings Bay Parks have kayak launch areas that are free, but close parking is paid at area meters. 

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For further information on the City Parks and Boat Ramps (including amenities, parking and launch fees, annual passes, and pavilion reservations), please visit our Parks & Recreation page

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Park Ranger II, Linda Burch:  lburch@crystalriverfl.org

Park Ranger Wesley Diebold

Park Ranger Richard Stapleton

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Contact: The Park Rangers' cellular phone number is 352-697-0933.  They also have an office number of 352-795-4216, ext. 338, however as they stay primarily at the parks, it is best to call the cell-phone which is carried by the Ranger on duty. 

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Parking citations:

For questions or comments related to a parking citation, please call the Park Rangers directly and a Ranger will contact you within 24 hours/one business day.  

To pay a parking citation or to obtain an annual pass: For in-person or phone payment, please contact the Accounting Clerk directly at 352-795-4216, ext. 312.  Payments may also be mailed to City Hall (remember to provide a copy of the citation or write the citation number on your check).  

 

Pump-out Boat Services

The City of Crystal River provides pump-out boat services in city waters to keep the waters of Kings Bay clean.  The fee is $5 per service call.  

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For services, call 352-586-0588 or marine radio channel 16.

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Quick Contact Reference: 

(click on name to email contact)

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Brown "Jack" Dumas

Assistant City Manager 

352-795-4216 ext. 305

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Community Services Staff

Park Enforcement:

Linda Burch, Park Ranger II

Wesley Diebold, Park Ranger I

Richard Stapleton, Park Ranger I

Office: 352-795-4216  ext.338

Ranger On Duty Cell: 352-697-0933

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Pump-out Boat Services

Ray Tourbin 

Cell:  352-586-0588

Marine radio: Channel 16 

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Planning & Community Development Services

Brian HerrmannDirector

Office: 352-795-4216 ext. 308

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Community Development Coordinator &

Code Enforcement: 

Stefanie Semmes

Office: 352-795-4216  ext. 340

Cell: 352-436-2016

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Administrator Assistant: 

Andrea Hullstrung

Office: 352-795-4216, ext. 316

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Building Administrator (permits & inspections)

Eleanor Copeland

Office: 352-795-4216, ext. 317

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Business Services Specialist (business taxes):

Melanie Harkovich 

Office: 352-795-4216 ext. 342

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Zoning Administrator (zoning, land use, signage): 

Jeanette Rehberg

Office: 352-795-4216, ext. 306

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123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

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