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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bush, Cabinet OK $76 million land buy near Silver Springs

Published November 14. 2006
A land purchase approved Tuesday by Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet will prevent construction of about 11,000 new homes that would have contributed to pollution problems at nearby Silver Springs, one of the state's most storied tourist attractions.

Silver Springs is Florida's third largest springs and the biggest that is above ground.

In recent years, it has been clouded by thick, brownish algae, the result of rising nitrate levels that have blamed on runoff from residential, agricultural and other development.

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