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Monday, November 05, 2007

Park has quiet ride, native Fla. ... hippo?

Published 11/4/2007
Homosassa Springs a step back to a different era in the state's history

This 200-acre park is 70 miles north of Tampa and 60 miles west of Orlando. And it's not a typical state park. It's a quaint throwback to Old Florida mixed with a hefty dose of evolving eco-tourism.

The place — like many in Florida — started out as an entertainment park with all kinds of exotic animals. In the 1980s when its owners were considering selling the lush land along a clear blue-green spring to developers, the community protested. Citrus County took over the site and then the state picked up management of it.
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