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Monday, April 27, 2009

Springs legislation could soak county

Published April 26, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
There is no question that Marion County would be a prime candidate - if not ground zero - for any state springs protection initiative. Marion, after all, is home to three of the 33 biggest springs in Florida, and almost the entire county is considered a springshed.

A new county staff analysis of the Florida Springs Protection Act (SB 274), the key springs legislation winding through the Legislature, estimates the county would spend more than $1 billion to comply with just one part.

The measure's main provisions would designate all counties, such as Marion, and municipalities that have a first- or second-magnitude spring as spring protection.

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