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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

House Balks At Weeki Wachee Funding

Published April 22, 2008
The state House of Representatives has balked at a funding request by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to operate and maintain Weeki Wachee Springs as a state park.

However, a DEP spokeswoman said Tuesday that the department still expects to honor its side of a bargain struck earlier this year with the Weeki Wachee Springs LLC to fold the attraction into the state park system on Nov. 1.

Officials never imagined that the Legislature wouldn't fund the DEP's request for some $2 million to run the park next year, said Dale Adams, a Tallahassee lobbyist for the attraction.

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