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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 Wildlife Refuge

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.

Code Enforcement

The City of Crystal River Code Enforcement Department 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 of this city. The Code Enforcement Department 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 Fire Department, Law Enforcement, Planning Department, Building Department and the City Clerk’s Office to enforce business, rental and occupational licenses within the city.

To report a possible code violation in your neighborhood you can call 352-795-4612  ext. 340 or email it to ssemmes@crystalriverfl.org 

Park Rangers

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.

Pump-out Boat Services

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.

Water Patrol

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.

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

Waterfronts & Community Services

123 NW Hwy 19 (Behind City Hall)

Crystal River, Fl. 34428

352-795-4216 ext. 342



Waterfronts Admin Clerk

Melanie HarkovichAdmin. Clerk/Business License Official

352-795-4216 ext. 342


Water Patrol:
Roger Smith, Water Patrol 

352-795-4216 ext. 341

Waterfronts & Community Services

123 NW Hwy 19 (Behind City Hall)

Crystal River, FL. 34428


Code Enforcement:
Stefanie Semmes, Code Enforcement Officer

352-795-4216  ext. 340



Park Rangers:

Linda Burch, Park Ranger II

352-795-4216  ext.338



Wesley Diebold, Park Ranger I

Richard Stapleton, Park Ranger I

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City of Crystal River

123 NW HWY 19, Crystal River, FL 34428

Ph: (352) 795-4216

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