CR tip to hear about the King’s Bay focus group meeting; municipal officials vote on the entertainment district | Local News
Crystal River City Council will be getting an update on how the first brainstorming session went among King’s Bay stakeholders on how best to manage the waterway.
City Manager Ken Frink to brief council members on the King’s Bay Focus Group meeting at their next meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 11 at City Hall, 123 NW US 19, Crystal River .
For more information on the board’s agenda and to watch its meeting online, visit crystalriverfl.org/meetings.
Council voted in August to have city staff create a focus group made up of various city officials, tour boat operators, waterfront residents and law enforcement partners.
October 13 was the first meeting.
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Frink told Chronicle’s editorial board on October 6 that the goal of the 14-member group is to identify the bay’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, giving the city a strategy to improve the seaworthiness, handling and other uses on the water.
“We just want to sit around a table and… understand what works for King’s Bay,” he said. “I really need a good, solid playbook, and I don’t think it’s fair to do it in a vacuum.”
City Manager to Introduce “Entertainment District” Bill, Establishing “Open Container Zones”
Council members will vote Monday on whether Frink should move forward on their behalf to table a local bill with Florida lawmakers to create an “entertainment district” in downtown Crystal River, establishing permanent zones of open containers.
Frink will hold a discussion ahead of the council vote, recommending that the new neighborhood cover the City Riverwalk and Citrus Avenue on both sides of US 19.
While the council may lift restrictions on open containers for specific events in the city, the state Division of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is responsible for overseeing alcohol sales through business licenses.
The council could create the district with an ordinance, but businesses in the area would still have to ask the DBPR to change their licenses – a tedious process that city staff want businesses to avoid.
By passing a bill through the state legislature, according to city staff, businesses in the district would not have to individually amend their licenses.
Mayor lead a discussion on the hospital’s decision to close its labor and delivery unit
Crystal River Mayor Joe Meek will ask fellow council members on Monday to reflect on Bayfront Health Seven Rivers’ decision to shut down its labor and delivery services.
Citing declining birth rates, the hospital north of the city announced in October that it would no longer provide labor and delivery services to inpatients as of February 11, 2022.
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In an October 20 letter to Linda Stockton, the hospital’s CEO, Meek and Citrus County Commissioner Jeff Kinnard asked Seven Rivers to reconsider his decision.
Meek and Kinnard reminded Stockton to take advantage of a county order recently passed by commissioners to allow the hospital to withdraw more federal money for its Medicaid patients, many of whom, they said, came from its unit. of work.
“While this may be a better business decision for your bottom line, it is not the best decision for Crystal River, Citrus County and our citizens,” they wrote. “The ability for our citizens to give birth to their children in their hometowns and communities is both special and important. “