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Friday, December 01, 2006

State wields heavy hand at Blue Spring

Published November 30, 2006 Commentary
For years, swimmers and manatees at Blue Spring State Park got along just fine.

During the cold months, when the waters of the St. Johns get too chilly, manatees would retreat into the warmth of the spring run, which to them is like one long hot tub.

While the manatees wintered, rangers closed the front two-thirds or so of the run to swimmers, leaving open a short section leading to the spring boil, which is a favorite among area cave divers.
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