Category Archives: Crystal River

Tim Durden Awarded Citizen Award for Bravery from US Dept. of Interior

On the Fourth of July, the U.S. Department of the Interior held its 72nd Honor Awards Convocation, honoring employees, volunteers and citizens who have acted to protect the lives of others. The Fish and Wildlife Service is proud that one of its volunteers received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery for unusual bravery in the face … Continue reading Tim Durden Awarded Citizen Award for Bravery from US Dept. of Interior

Free workshop focuses on Learning from a loved one with Dementia

What can one possibly learn from a person who has dementia?  “Quite a lot,” says Debbie Selsavage, President of Coping with Dementia LLC.  She explains, “Most, if not all of the disruptive behaviors associated with dementia are provoked by caregivers who do not know how to ‘listen’ to the dementia person they are caring for.” … Continue reading Free workshop focuses on Learning from a loved one with Dementia

Crystal River HS Students Donate Pennies for Pets

Special thanks to the Crystal River High School Business Academy students. The students collect pennies for pets for their community service project each year. From the money they collect they are able to purchase pet food for the Citrus County PetMeals program, which is part of the homebound Meals on Wheels program. Thank you so … Continue reading Crystal River HS Students Donate Pennies for Pets

Fort Island Beach Boat Ramp is Open

The Fort Island Beach Boat Ramp and floating dock are fully operational as of Thursday, May 25 after suffering major damage during Hurricane Hermine in September 2016.

Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

A young male manatee was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on February 20, 2017.  He was found at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. The manatee was suffering from cold stress injuries and was underweight. FWC brought him to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for treatment and rehabilitation. … Continue reading Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

If you have been looking for a place to “jam”, this is the post for you! I play the banjo.  I know, crazy right?  Really crazy because I’ve never been a big fan of bluegrass! And still  wonder why I bought a banjo. (Possibly the influence of Mumford & Sons, Kermit the Frog, and Steve Martin rather … Continue reading Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

Summer Camp at Crystal River Preserve State Park

The Friends of the Crystal River State Parks, Inc., in partnership with the Florida Park Service, the Florida Coastal Office (FCO) and the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN), will host summer camp for children ages 8-11 at the Crystal River Preserve State Park July 10th -14th 2017. Campers will learn how to appreciate and understand … Continue reading Summer Camp at Crystal River Preserve State Park

Fort Island Trail Resurfacing to start April 18

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners has contracted D.A.B. Constructors, Inc., to perform the Fort Island Trail Resurfacing (SCOP) Project.  Paving is expected to start on Tuesday April 18, 2017 and anticipated date of completion is May 5, 2017.  Shoulder work and final striping will be completed by June 5, 2017.  The Project area starts … Continue reading Fort Island Trail Resurfacing to start April 18

Drivers asked to avoid N. Turkey Oak Dr. in Crystal River Mon-Wed 3/20-22

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area of N. Turkey Oak Drive, from CR 495 (Citrus Avenue) to Crystal River High Drive Monday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 22, due to a road repaving project. Delays are anticipated in this area throughout the time period and it is recommended that you use an alternative … Continue reading Drivers asked to avoid N. Turkey Oak Dr. in Crystal River Mon-Wed 3/20-22

Swimming with Manatees Adventure

It was 59 degrees when we stepped outside on a brisk February Florida morning. Climbing into the truck before sunrise to head north on the Gulf Highway (Hwy 19), we were on our way to Citrus County to fulfill my son’s Christmas gift to his sister… swimming with manatees. When the Gulf water temperature drops, … Continue reading Swimming with Manatees Adventure

Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Can you spare a few hours to help bring our parks back to native plant health? See details below: Tuesday February 28, 2017 Hernando County, Chinsegut Manor House, 10am-3pm Chinsegut Manor House has seen disturbance for well over 100 years and has had an influx of dozens of invasive species as well as many other … Continue reading Help Rid our Parks of Invasive and Exotic Plants 2/28-3/3

Citrus County Transit Orange Line interconnects with the Crystal River Trolley Hub to serve residents and visitors

Citrus County Transit Service would like to remind everyone that the Orange Line picks up and drops off multiple times during daytime hours, Monday through Friday at Crystal River City Hall on Route 19, which is the 2017 designated Trolley Hub. The Crystal River Orange Line has multiple scheduled stops that would be of interest … Continue reading Citrus County Transit Orange Line interconnects with the Crystal River Trolley Hub to serve residents and visitors

13th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held February 25

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, appreciation for our marine environment and a fun family outing are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Citrus County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) present a FREE Kids’ Fishing Clinic for pre-registered children between the ages of 5 and 15 on … Continue reading 13th Annual Kids’ Fishing Clinic will be held February 25

Volunteers Sought for 13th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Citrus County Parks & Recreation, Fish Florida and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission are teaming up to put on the 13th annual Kid’s Fishing Clinic on February 25, 2017 at Fort Island Trail Park (12073 W. Fort Island Trail) from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. This popular event teaches children the basics of … Continue reading Volunteers Sought for 13th Annual Kids Fishing Clinic

Crystal River Archaeological State Park invites public to a Ranger-Guided Tour 2/4

Join Park Ranger Phil McCord on Saturday February 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  for a one hour guided walk at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park.  The tour will focus on how archaeological sites are threatened by both natural and cultural changes. The Crystal river site consists of much more than the artifacts displayed in … Continue reading Crystal River Archaeological State Park invites public to a Ranger-Guided Tour 2/4

Citrus Libraries to host educational presentation on Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and the Brain 1/28

The Coastal Region Branch of Citrus Libraries, located at 8619 West Crystal Street in Crystal River will host a talk about Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and the Brain by Certified Dementia Practitioner Debbie Selsavage from 1 to 3 p.m. on January 28, 2017. Selsavage is a certified instructor in the Positive Approach to Care, a member of … Continue reading Citrus Libraries to host educational presentation on Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and the Brain 1/28

Waterfront Lifeguard Class in Crystal River 1/2-6

Citrus County Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce they will be holding a American Red Cross Waterfront Lifeguard Class, for participants 15 years and older. Prerequisite swim will be held on Thursday December 22, 2016 at 2:00pm, classes will run from Monday January 2 to Friday January 6, 2017 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. All … Continue reading Waterfront Lifeguard Class in Crystal River 1/2-6

Fort Island Gulf Beach Park Reopens

The Citrus County Division of Parks and Recreation reopened the Fort Island Gulf Beach on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.  The park received extensive damage due to Hurricane Hermine the first weekend of September and has been closed to the public since then. Beginning Saturday, October 1st patrons will be able to enjoy the beach area, … Continue reading Fort Island Gulf Beach Park Reopens

Video Explains Crystal River Archaeological Park’s Significance

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is one of the most important archaeological places in Florida. Originally investigated by Clarence B. Moore in the early 1900’s, this ancient burial and ceremonial site still presents more questions than answers. This short video by Jeff Hall is well worth watching if you are interested in Florida’s Nature Coast … Continue reading Video Explains Crystal River Archaeological Park’s Significance

Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™

Looking for an approach to eating that’s so fresh you can taste it? Fresh-to-Table restaurants are making waves in the culinary industry, including some on the shores of the NatureCoast. Chefs worth their salt always pick top-shelf ingredients as the first step in creating a truly remarkable meal, and freshness is the most important factor. … Continue reading Fresh-to-Table: “New Farm Food” for NatureCoasters™