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Monday, March 31, 2008

Legislature muddies springs protection

Published March 31, 2008
In Tallahassee, state Sen. Burt Saunders, R-Naples, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation, has unveiled a bill to launch a pilot springs protection program around Silver Springs and Rainbow Springs in Marion County.

In a phone interview Friday, Saunders said he had received "mixed signals" from Marion County about the legislation. But he said those could be ironed out.

"My concern is if we cannot pass legislation to help protect the springs in Marion County, where the county has been aggressive in protecting the springs, I'm not sure if we can have legislation to protect the springs anywhere in Florida," Saunders said.

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