Crystal River City Hall file

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

Crystal River officials will take a hard look at a proposed contract from the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office asking the city to pay $17,603 more for law-enforcement services.

City council members during their Monday evening meeting will go over a $878,442 interlocal agreement drafted by the sheriff’s office (CCSO) to provide the city with six deputies, a community resource officer and other support units for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

Crystal River’s current contract with CCSO for the 2018/19 fiscal year cost the city $860,819 for similar manpower and services.

Council will also vote on a motion approving a $26,690 contract with CCSO for school crossing guards at five locations. That is a 2.8% cost increase compared to the current agreement.


Potentially following in the footsteps of their counterparts on Citrus County’s commission, council members will vote on whether to send a letter to the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) contesting a business's request to draw more water from a private well in the city.

The letter would be the latest move by the city in its fight to keep Heatherwood Investments, LLC, from seeking to withdraw up to 254,000 gallons per day (gpd) from its plant off of Northeast 11th Street, 177,300 more gpd than SWFWMD originally approved in 2014.

Since 2014, Heatherwood has been pumping out fewer than 1,000 gpd from its site, SWFWMD reports.

SWFWMD is still reviewing Heatherwood’s latest water-use application, submitted in February.

Heatherwood, a bulk water supplier, is asking for the higher withdrawals due to an expected increase in demand from buyers.

In its letter, Crystal River states the water increase is not justified because, among other reasons, Heatherwood is not selling its water to local buyers and it doesn’t have contracts signed with its prospective clients showing specific water demands.

County and city officials have also expressed concerns over contamination from possible sites nearby shown to have been contaminated with arsenic.


TripAdvisor is recognizing Hunter Springs Park with its 2019 Certificate of Excellence based on high customer reviews for the park on the travel site.

Three Sisters Springs also received an honorable mention for the TripAdvisor’s Best of Best for Tourist Attractions. 

Also on Monday's agenda: Sitting as members of the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board, council members at an earlier meeting Monday evening will hear about project and funding reports for the CRA.

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The Crystal River City Council would be well advised to renew their contract with the Sheriff's Office. They owe it to their residents to provide professional police services to their residents.

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