My Flickr Photos of Springs

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cooling off and chilling out at Wekiwa Springs

Published 6/28/2015
Wekiwa Springs, which feeds 42 million gallons of water per day into the Wekiva River, are at a constant temperature of 74 degrees, year-round.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Editorial: Buying Blue Springs

Published June 25, 2015
As The Sun reported last week, the state’s Acquisition and Restoration Council unanimously voted to add the popular swimming hole in Gilchrist County to the list of springs slated to be bought with Florida Forever funds.

The springs and surrounding 405-acre property are located on the Santa Fe River near High Springs. The same family has owned the site since 1958, putting the property on the market in 2013.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Warm Mineral Springs: Florida's true fountain of youth?

Published 6/24/2015
n Florida, you can decide for yourself at Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, south of Sarasota. The sinkhole, which looks like a pond and has revealed bones of ancient humans and animals, fills with 87-degree water high in salt and sulfur, catnip to a nearby Eastern European community that swears by similar springs back home and moved to North Port for its spring.

More info on Warm Mineral Springs

Saturday, June 20, 2015

State adds Blue Springs to its wish list for purchase

Published June 19, 2015 The Gainesville Sun
Friday morning in Tallahassee, the state’s Acquisition and Restoration Council unanimously voted to add the swimming hole and 405-acre property on the Santa Fe River near High Springs to the list of first-magnitude springs the state is seeking to buy with Florida Forever funds.

The same family has owned the private park for nearly 60 years but have had the property on the market since 2013.

Blue Springs is a large second-magnitude spring, but there are other similar springs on the state’s priority purchase list of first-magnitude springs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Protecting the Jackson Blue Spring System and Merritt's Mill Pond

Published June 17, 2015
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is holding a meeting later this month to discuss water quality restoration for the Jackson Blue Spring System and Merritt's Mill Pond.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ecologists hint of lawsuit over Amendment 1 funding

Published 6/16/2015
"To say that $17.4 million is adequate for Florida Forever out of $750 million available isn't consistent with Amendment 1 and flies in the face of logic,"...


Monday, June 15, 2015

Despite Amendment 1, Florida Forever comes up short — again — in state budget deal

Published June 15, 2015
The state’s top environmental land-buying program, Florida Forever, was set at $17.4 million Sunday night in budget negotiations between the House and Senate.

Efforts to preserve Florida’s freshwater springs fared better, drawing $47.5 million — $32 million in new state money. The level of funding is close to what Scott has sought for water quality and conservation projects at some of Florida’s 700 known springs.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Ocala/Marion County Offers An Authentic Florida Family Vacation

Published June 12, 2015
Wild Waters at Silver Springs
A longtime family favorite that’s been newly renovated. This one-of-a-kind waterpark offers a cool time for the entire family, where you can relax by the wave pool or take a plunge down one of the high-speed waterslides.

Juniper Springs (Ocala National Forest)
Located about 28 miles east of Ocala. The forest’s springs stay at 72 degrees year round, making them a fantastic spot to cool off from Florida’s summer heat.

The Salt Springs Recreation Area (Ocala National Forest)
Its name originated from naturally occurring minerals carried to the surface from underground aquifers, providing a level of salinity not found in the other springs.

Rainbow River
Located in Dunnellon, is the ideal aquatic sanctuary for tubing. A natural landmark, this family-friendly river shimmers with silver and turquoise hues and stays at a cool 72 to 74 degrees year-round, perfect to drift away for three to four hours of downstream relaxation. It is ideal for swimming, bird watching, scuba diving, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding as well.

KP Hole Park
Known as ‘The Tuber Ride of Generations’ and the ‘Rainbow River Classic’ has been a local and tourist go-to for more than 60 years. Water adventurers can bring their own floats (60” and smaller) or rent one for their excursion.

State could buy Blue Springs for state park

Published June 11, 2015
On June 19, the state's Acquisition and Restoration Council will decide whether to add the 405-acre property along the Santa Fe River in Gilchrist County to the list of first magnitude springs that the state is seeking to buy through the Florida Forever conservation program.

Blue Springs is a large second-magnitude spring, but there are other similar springs on the state's priority purchase list of first-magnitude springs. Houder said they are eligible because they are part of larger spring or river systems.

A preliminary state staff analysis said the projected operating costs for the first year of state ownership is $300,000, while campsites and day use of the park could generate a combined $216,500.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cave Diving Death Under Investigation In Volusia County

Published 6/10/2015
Cave diving is quite popular in central and northern Florida, where a majority of these caves are located. The area this man was diving was quite challenging and it’s clear something went wrong.

The cave diving industry is actually self-regulated. Essentially the responsibility and the risk falls to the diver. It us unclear what certifications this diver had.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

'Low' Expectations Advised On Florida Water, Land Projects

Published 6/9/2015
Sen. Alan Hays, a Umatilla Republican who chairs a subcommittee that pieced together the Senate's Amendment 1 funding package, said lawmakers are trying to divvy up about $50 million among more than $1 billion in local water-project requests from across Florida.

The ballot initiative requires for the next 20 years that 33 percent of the proceeds from an existing real-estate tax, known as documentary stamps, go for land and water maintenance and acquisition across Florida.

Florida man dies while cave diving with son at Blue Spring Park

Published June 9, 2015
The Daytona Beach News-Journal ( http://bit.ly/1JFSq4O ) reports Dervan and his son surfaced together around 3:30 p.m. Monday. But the father went back down for a final dive to a cavern about 120 feet below the surface. He never came back up.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Florida teen knocked out by fish leaping from river

Published June 3, 2015
Florida wildlife authorities say a teenager was knocked unconscious by a sturgeon jumping from the Suwannee River.

Sturgeon can leap more than seven feet out of the water. The protected fish average 40 pounds.

CBS affiliate WGFL in Gainesville reports the fish arrive in the region this time of year with a population of 10,000-14,000 annually in the region as they migrate out of the Gulf of Mexico.