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Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

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