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Friday, September 07, 2007

A New Look for Cherokee Sink

Cherokee Sink was often little more than a glorified garbage dump. Its jade green waters concealed almost every can or bottle imaginable, not to mention a vending machine, two motorcycles, and even a Thunderbird car. Folks still enjoyed jumping into its less than pristine waters from its fragile walls or from ropes dangling from tree limbs. In the quest for a summer day’s entertainment little thought was given to the plants trampled by ascending footsteps. Erosionwas king. At one point a trench ten to twelve feet deep scarred the wall of Cherokee Sink.

In 1999 the state purchased Cherokee Sink and its surrounding 1900 acres. It became part of Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.

New boardwalk staircases were built to allow safe access to the water and prevent erosion of the sink’s fragile walls. An observation / diving platform was constructed at a favorite spot to allow visitors the thrill of leaping into the inviting pool or an opportunity to sit and soak in the tranquility during the quite times.

Funding for the restoration work was provided by the Florida Springs Initiative. Beginning in 2002 and each successive year the Legislature has appropriated two and a half million dollars to fund projects specifically for protecting springs and other groundwater resources.

Source: The Spring Board (Sept 2007) pg 3.
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