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Governor Ron DeSantis Tours Crystal River with Mayor Joe Meek

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on September 4, 2023

The Governor came into town at Town Square at approximately 1:30 p.m. In attendance were the City Manager, Douglas Baber, City staff, City Council Members, Citrus Avenue business owners, residents, and the City’s fire staff. The Governor spoke to the audience briefly before beginning a walking tour down Citrus Avenue.

Aided by several members of the Governor’s staff, City staff, and Mayor Meek he visited St. John’s Tavern, KC Wine and Koffee Bar, and Kane’s Cattle Company. The Mayor then joined Governor DeSantis in his vehicle to begin touring other parts of the City.

The vehicle tour went North on Citrus Avenue to the Crystal River Fire Station and then to City Hall. Next, they proceeded across Highway 19 to the Crab Plant where he met with owner Kelly Kohfmehl for a few minutes.

The next stop was at The Redemption Center, a Church on Three Sisters Springs Trail where he met with Reverend Al Hopkins and several other parishioners. They then headed on Kings Bay Drive and into affected neighborhoods around the waterfront. He stopped at the home of Connie and Dale Pickles, who experienced extensive flooding, and spent time speaking with them about their home.

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Governor Ron DeSantis visited The Redemption Center, a Church on Three Sisters Springs Trail, where he met with Reverend Al Hopkins and several other parishioners on September 3, 2023. Image courtesy of the City of Crystal River.

The final stop was into Michigan Town where he spoke with residents Susan and Mark Littrell and Randy and Linda McConnell.

Governor Ron DeSantis Tours Crystal River Damage from Hurricane Idalia with Mayor Joe Meek

Mayor Meek had this to say about the visit, “Governor DeSantis spent almost 2 hours today touring Crystal River. He saw and understood the issues Crystal River is going through, and I am grateful for his time and help in rebuilding our great City. We will be stronger than ever, let’s get to work!”

More photos from the September 3 visit are available at

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