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Crystal River City Hall File

Crystal River City Hall is pictured along U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

After tackling business for roughly two months away from city hall because of COVID-19, Crystal River City Council is returning to its chambers to host an in-person meeting.

With Memorial Day on Monday, council members will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall, 123 N.W. U.S. 19, Crystal River.

Attendance, because of state directives, will be limited to 68 people, who must undergo a contactless temperature check before entering city hall. 

Wearing masks is not required, but encouraged.

Anyone showing signs or symptoms of the novel coronavirus are being asked to stay home.

There is an option for the public to listen to council’s meeting outside city hall.

To hear over the phone, dial 415-655-0052 and enter the access code 642-291-282. 

To sign into the meeting via GoToWebinar, visit gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar and use Webinar ID 649-298-555. Using GoToWebinar also allows users to comment.

During council’s meeting, City Manager Ken Frink will give officials an update about how the virus is impacting Crystal River.

COVID-19 could determine whether the city will host its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July event and fireworks show, a topic council is going to discuss Tuesday.

Fireworks vendor Dragonworks gave council until its June 8 meeting to make a decision, a delay city officials hope will provide clarity on how Florida plans to reopen.

Council will also vote on whether to apply for $40,038 from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help pay for audio and visual upgrades to better handle virtual council meetings in the future.

Another vote on council’s agenda allow city staff to apply for money through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program to help fund the Crystal River GIS Database Development and Story Map.

This interactive map, which the public could access, would give city officials an enhanced, geographic view and story of their municipality to help in decision makings when it comes to developing.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.