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Friday, April 11, 2008

Lawmakers struggle to save springs

Published April 10, 2008
As studies continue to show the decline of Florida's natural springs, state lawmakers again this year appear to be reluctant to take any dramatic steps to help the state's unique resource.

A 1999 study recommended a series of steps the state could take to protect and restore the springs. It even recommended a funding source, a 25-cent increase in automobile tag fees.

Most of those recommendations have never been acted on, although the state does spend about $2.1 million a year on springs protection.

But lawmakers appear stymied in any effort to expand that program.
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