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Citrus County Parks & Recreation Ready for Launch

By Meaghan Goepferich Posted on November 18, 2021

On February 9, 2021, the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners voted to enact boat launch fees for certain boat ramps within the county.

Citrus County Parks & Recreation Ready for Launch – Boat Ramp Fees Take Effect January 1

The money collected will be used to maintain and improve Citrus County boat ramps. These fees are set to take effect on Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Premium Parking Service, L.L.C, has been contracted by Citrus County Parks and Recreation to handle the collection and enforcement of the boat launch fees. Customers will have the option to pay the fees by downloading the Premium Parking app, using a QR code (located at the ramps), or contacting the customer service payment line at (844) 236-2011. Customers can choose to pay the daily launch fee or register for the resident or non-resident annual passes directly through the Premium Parking app. The fee payment/annual pass registration system is not yet available. More information will be released as soon as the system has launched.

The daily fee to launch a watercraft will be $10.00. For Citrus County citizens, an annual pass for launching a watercraft can be purchased for $25.00 (with a State of Florida ID/Driver’s License or utility bill with a Citrus County address as valid proof of residency). A $75.00 annual pass is available for non-residents launching a watercraft. Watercraft is defined as all kinds of flotation vessels designated for use on the water (motorized or not) including, but not limited to, boats, canoes, kayaks, jet skis, skidoos, pedal craft, pontoon boats, rafts, inflatable craft, tubes, paddleboards, or wind propelled surfboards. One license plate is permitted per passholder.

Boat launch fees are required at the following launches:

•           Ft. Island Gulf Beach Boat Ramp, located at 16000 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River

•           Ft. Island Trail Park Boat Ramp, located at 12073 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River

•           Hernando Beach Boat Ramp, located at 3650 E Lake Place, Hernando

•           MacRae’s Boat Ramp, located at 5290 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa

No other County-owned boat ramps currently require boat launch fees.

For more information, contact Citrus County Parks and Recreation at (352) 527-7540.

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