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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Plans filed to restore Blue Hole to natural state at Florida Caverns

Published: April 26, 2008
Three state agencies have filed plans to fill in part of Blue Hole at Florida Caverns State Park and do away with the small beach that surrounds the popular but currently closed swimming hole.

The proposed work is an effort to restore Blue Hole and the surrounding land to its “natural configuration,” according to the “Joint Application for Works in the Waters of Florida” filed last week with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Officials seeking permission to do the work indicated the beach has sent sand into the spring and the Chipola River stream that feeds the water body.
For almost a year, Blue Hole has been closed to swimming because a long-term drought, muddy conditions and bacteria levels have made it unsafe for that activity.

If conditions improve, the area could be re-opened to swimming.

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