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Monday, December 27, 2010

Annie Pais: North Florida has the potential to be a prime travel destination for ‘aware visitors'

Published 12/26/2010 The Gainesville Sun
The five fastest-growing tourism genres also happen to be strongest in North Florida: eco-nature-based, culture, heritage, culinary, and romance.

North Florida's prime economic assets are a delightful mix of urban culture, authentic small towns, and wilderness areas; not to mention the largest constellation of freshwater springs in the world. These assets are linked with the best system of hiking, biking, paddling and horse-riding trails in the country.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CLINE: A hot spot to get to know manatees

Published 12/14/2010
One of their main places of refuge is Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, which houses a hot spring, the perfect spot for the manatees to stay warm. The water flowing out of the spring cavern is a constant 72 to 73 degrees, more than 10 degrees warmer than the river water outside of the springs.

On the day we visited, the chalk board at the entrance said there were 146 manatees on site. Earlier in the week, that number topped 200 as the gentle giants looked for a place to stay warm.
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Fanning Springs Restoration Plan

Published 12/2/2010
The purpose of this report was to develop recommendations for the restoration of Fanning Springs. These recommendations include working with stakeholders and local government to establish water conservation guidelines and direct future water, nutrient, and zoning policies. They also include making structural changes that help return the spring to its natural physical state. This includes the relocation of the floating dock to the river and the removal of the sea wall.
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