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Monday, June 22, 2009

Questions asked about ‘imaginary line’ between springs and river

Published 6/19/09 - High Springs Herald
Questions about the “imaginary line” between Poe Springs Park and the Santa Fe River has both the Alachua county attorney and officials from the state investigating.
The state will be investigating what it calls the Sovereign Submerged Lands (SSL) issue.

A few years ago, several area property owners put up ropes and sandbags to try to block people from entering springs, Oliverio said.

The state had to step in and tell the property owners that navigable waters are for the public to use so long as a person does not get out of the water and onto the land. Touching the bottom of the spring is allowed.

Florida laws state that any navigable water, such as rivers and the connecting springs, is public, Oliverio said.

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