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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Commission takes first step to protect area springs

Published June 3, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
On Tuesday, the County Commission voted 4-1 for an ordinance establishing stricter regulations on new development and septic tank usage in areas that recharge the major springs in Marion County including Silver and Rainbow, the biggest and fourth-biggest inland springs in Florida, respectively.

The ordinance also says that drought-resistant, "Marion-friendly" landscaping will be planted in areas of new development, and that businesses that can produce hazardous waste will be banned from the primary springs protection zone. Exceptions can apply to some businesses that already meet state environmental requirements.
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