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Assistant City Manager & Community Departments

Planning and Community Development Services, Business Tax Receipts, Code Enforcement, Fire Department, Park Enforcement, Pump-Out Services, and Water Patrol

Assistant City Manager Brown "Jack" Dumas oversees the Planning & Community Development Services Department, Community Services Department, and is the Chief of the Crystal River Fire Department. 


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

Email: jdumas@crystalriverfl.org


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.


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


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.


Zoning and land use permits:

*Jeanette Rehberg, 352-795-4216, ext. 306, or email: jrehberg@crystalriverfl.org

Building permits and scheduling inspections: 

*Eleanor Copeland, 352-795-4216, ext. 317, or email: ecopeland@crystalriverfl.org


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. 


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.  You are welcome to call Melanie Harkovich at 352-795-4216, ext. 342 for additional information and assistance.  


Business Tax Receipt Information

Standard Business Tax Receipt Requirements 2019

Business Tax Receipt Application


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. Our actions serve as 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 works closely with the Community Development Department regarding permitting and building issues, 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


To report a possible code violation in your neighborhood you can call Stefanie Semmes at 352-795-4216, ext. 340, cellular number 352-436-2016, or via email: ssemmes@crystalriverfl.org.  


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Park 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. 


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) have a launch fee that applies and 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.  For further information on the City Parks and Boat Ramps, including amenities and making reservations through Public Works, please visit our Parks & Recreation page


The Park Rangers' office number is 352-795-4216, ext. 338 and the Ranger on duty carries the cellular number 352-697-0933.   


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

Park Ranger Wesley Diebold

Park Ranger Richard Stapleton


For issues 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 by phone, please call the Accounting Clerk directly at 352-795-4216, ext. 312.  


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.  For services, call 352-586-0588 or Channel 16.


Water Patrol

Water Patrol is responsible for monitoring city waters for unsafe conditions and related offenses, monitoring federal manatee regulations and guidelines, and educating the public.  Their focus is primarily on monitoring manatee interactions with individuals and manatee tour companies, identifying and educating the public on safety violations, and responding to complaints.  Water Patrol also works actively with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on non-compliant activities.  They work with vessel operators, rental boat companies, residents, and visitors to obtain voluntary compliance.  They investigate complaints and attempts to make contact with the responsible party to generate compliance if violations are determined to exist.  If the party does not comply, the case may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement authority or result in a proceeding before the City’s Hearing Officer. Water Patrol also assists Code Enforcement, Park Rangers, and Three Sisters Springs staff if needed.


Roger Smith can be reached at 352-795-4216, ext. 341, cellular number 352-586-4788, or via email rsmith@crystalriverfl.org


Voluntary Kings Bay Vessel Registration

You are welcome to "register" your boat with Water Patrol so if something is found amiss with your vessel (i.e., loose mooring, taking on water), you may be able to notified more expediently.  


Complete Form and Submit.

If field does not apply insert N/A.

Owner Name
Address: City, State and Zip Code
Phone Number:
FL Number:
Decal Number:
Current Location:
Intended Use: (Live Aboard, Short or Long-term Mooring)
Pump-out services are required, would you like more information? To Schedule pump-out services call: 352-586-0588
Secondary Contact: Name and Phone Number

Assistant City Manager & Community Services

123 NW Hwy 19

Crystal River, Fl. 34428



Brown "Jack" DumasAssistant City Manager 

352-795-4216 ext. 305


Vacant,  Planning & Development Director

352-795-4216 ext. 308


Community Services Administrative Clerk Clerk/Business Licensing

Melanie Harkovich Admin. Clerk/Business Tax Official

352-795-4216 ext. 342


Water Patrol:
Roger Smith, Water Patrol 

352-795-4216 ext. 341

Code Enforcement:

Stefanie Semmes, Code Enforcement Officer

352-795-4216  ext. 340



Park Enforcement:

Linda Burch, Park Ranger II

Wesley Diebold, Park Ranger I

Richard Stapleton, Park Ranger I

352-795-4216  ext.338


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City of Crystal River

123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

Ph: (352) 795-4216

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