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Thursday, December 20, 2007

A plan to protect nature, honor history

Published December 20, 2007 (Opinion)
It's not every day government has the opportunity to simultaneously preserve a one-of-a-kind natural resource and a charming combination of state history and cultural nostalgia. The potential to do both exists in the state Department of Environmental Protection's proposal to transform Weeki Wachee Springs into a state park.

The proposal, announced at the state Cabinet meeting Tuesday, would require the state to accept ownership of the 60-year-old tourist attraction from the city of Weeki Wachee, which owns the company that operates the park. The land is owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, which bought it from the city of St. Petersburg in 2001 for $16-million.

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