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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

County eyes appraisal of Paradise Springs

Published Nov. 21, 2007
The family that owns Paradise Springs, 4040 S.E. 84th Lane Road, plans to sell the roughly 10-acre property and move out of state. There is a local push among environmentalists and nearby property owners for the county, state and possibly nonprofit conservation groups to partner and purchase the property to add it to the Greenway system, 110 miles of wooded recreation trails from the St. Johns River to the Gulf of Mexico.

Paradise Springs is a popular scuba diving spot because of its deep underwater cavern system, which the Floridan aquifer feeds. Curt Chappelka, whose family owns the property, said water bottling companies also have expressed an interest because of the cavern on site.

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