Waterfronts & Community Services
About Waterfronts and Community Services Department
The Waterfronts and Community Services department consists of Code Enforcement, Park Rangers, Water Patrol and Three Sisters Springs Land Access Management.
Three Sisters Springs is a unique and critical natural warm-water refuge for the endangered Florida Manatee. The springs, with their constant 72 degree Fahrenheit water, provide essential warm water refuge for the manatees that aggregate there in the winter months. Located in the heart of Crystal River, Florida, Three Sisters Springs is a complex of three springs consisting of vents, and boils and crystal clear spring water that help feed Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River. Last winter the cold weather drove nearly 500 manatees into Three Sisters for thermal refuge and our visitors had an exceptional opportunity to watch these majestic mermaids.
Three Sisters Springs land access is available exclusively through our services and tickets are available below. Visitors who have purchased a ticket will have a unique opportunity to take a trolley ride to view manatees from the boardwalk at Three Sisters Springs, which is open for tours daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM from November 15th until April 30th.
To report a possible code violation in your neighborhood you can call 352-795-4612 ext. 340 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Park rangers interact with a wide variety of City park users. Rangers are tasked with patrolling, protecting and supervising the City's parks and boat ramps. The 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 located at Pete’s Pier and 3rd Street have a launch fee that applies and are patrolled by park rangers throughout the day.
For issues or comment related to a parking citation please call 352-795-4216 ext. 344. A ranger will contact you within 24 hours.
The City of Crystal River provides for pump-out services in order to keep the waters of Kings Bay clean. Fore Services call 352-586-0588 of Channel 16.
The Water Patrol is responsible for monitoring for unsafe conditions, monitoring federal manatee regulations and guidelines as well as related offenses related to the Kings Bay . Water Patrol focuses primarily on conducting monitoring of manatee interactions with manatee tour companies and visitors, to identify safety violations, and responding to complaints. Position will actively work with USFWS, FWC and Sheriff’s Department on non-compliant activities.
Daily inspection and monitoring Kings Bay activities. Work with operators, rental boat companies and property owners on the phone, face-to-face and through written correspondence to obtain voluntary compliance.
Investigates complaints and attempts to make contact with the responsible property owner to bring the property into compliance if violations are determined to exist.
If owner does not comply, initiates code enforcement proceedings ultimately appearing before the City’s Hearing Officer.
Assist Code Enforcement and Park Rangers if required.
Voluntary Kings Bay Vessel Registration
Complete Form and Submit.
Waterfronts & Community Services
Crystal River, Fl. 34428
352-795-4216 ext. 342
Waterfronts Admin Clerk
Melanie HarkovichAdmin. Clerk/Business License Official
Roger Smith, Water Patrol
352-795-4216 ext. 341
123 NW Hwy 19 (Behind City Hall)
Crystal River, FL. 34428
Stefanie Semmes, Code Enforcement Officer
352-795-4216 ext. 340
Linda Burch, Park Ranger II
Wesley Diebold, Park Ranger I
Richard Stapleton, Park Ranger I
City of Crystal River
123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Ph: (352) 795-4216