IF YOU GO
- WHAT:Crystal River government meetings.
- WHEN: CRA starts at 6 p.m. on Monday; city council at 7 p.m.
- WHERE: City Hall, 123 NW U.S. 19, Crystal River.
- CONTACT: 352-795-4216 or crystalriverfl.org.
Crystal River officials on Monday will get what looks like one of its final construction updates about half of the city’s Riverwalk project.
Expected to wrap up Feb. 21, the first half of the Riverwalk has a ribbon cutting ceremony tentatively set for March 9 — information City Manager Dave Burnell will share with the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency members, who also sit on the city council.
There are still three areas of the project, which comprises of a myriad of sidewalks throughout the city’s downtown, Construction of Riverwalk’s second phase, which will run along the northern shoreline of Cedar Cove in King’s Bay, is planned to start in April 2019.
While the city waits for additional funding for the next half of Riverwalk’s construction, city staff is requesting from council that a temporary connector be made between two portions of the Riverwalk so that walkers can better utilize the walkway, until the second phase is finished.
According to city staff, the affected property owner is willing to discuss the connector between Kings Bay Park and the Riverwalk’s entrance, near the corner of U.S. 19 and Northeast Second Avenue.
At council’s meeting later Monday evening, members will vote on whether to approve $15,000 for Arc Surveying & Mapping Inc. to conduct underwater and sediment surveying for Save Crystal River’s King’s Bay Restoration Project.
These surveys will become part of a bid package that will go out to contractors that will work to vacuum-dredge a portion of the city’s bay and replant it with native marine grasses.
Council will also vote on whether to appropriate even more money to relocate city utilities that impede the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT’s) widening project for U.S. 19.
Since November 2017, FDOT’s engineering consultant has requested additional city funds a few times to pay for the movement of city utilities, and is now requesting an additional $159,337.19 beyond $625,000.
FDOT is requesting the city deposit $784,337.19 in an escrow account by Feb. 21.
Also on Monday, The League of Women Voters will show a presentation from Solar United Neighbors to explain the benefits of residential solar panels.