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Thursday, August 30, 2007

State senator looks to protect Rainbow, Silver springs

Published Aug. 29, 2007
Marwick, chairman of the Silver Springs Basin Working Group, has spent more than 30 years scuba diving, swimming and boating on this river. Wednesday's boat ride was no pleasure cruise.

Marwick, Marion County Commissioner Barbara Fitos and county and Department of Environmental Protection staff were touring the river with state Sen. Burt Saunders, a Naples Republican and chairman of the Florida Senate's Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee.

During the next session in Tallahassee, Saunders says there are plans to introduce legislation at the state level to protect Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs here in Marion. He said the measure would be intended to complement - not compete with - the county's proposal for tighter restrictions on development in the designated protection zones for Rainbow and Silver Springs, which cover most of the county outside the Ocala National Forest.

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