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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Volunteer wins governor's award

Published April 21, 2008
Jim Clark, who has cleared as many as 25 dump-truck loads of vines from the entrance to Rainbow Springs State Park and coordinates a team of patrol boat captains, has been named a Point of Light outstanding volunteer by Gov. Charlie Crist.

"Jim's efforts help make Florida's parks accessible to everyone," Crist stated in a press release issued last week. "By sharing his enthusiasm for Florida's natural beauty, he promotes environmental awareness among all Rainbow Springs State Park visitors."

Rainbow Springs, the state's fourth-largest spring, was developed into a popular, privately-owned attraction during the 1930s. After a number of years it closed down and lay dormant until the early 1990s, when volunteers began to clean it up and get it opened again, this time under state ownership.
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