Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

Central Florida’s Silver Springs attraction could soon become a state park. A public forum on the topic attracted hundreds of people this week.

Ocala’s Vanguard High School auditorium was filled to capacity for the Silver Springs forum. More than 50 people took the microphone to give the state their input.

It’s the only spring in Florida still managed by a private company. And that company, Spanish-owned Palace Entertainment, is trying to be let go from its lease before it expires in 2029.

Fla. Asks: Should Silver Springs Be A State Park?

Dec 13, 2012
Jessica Palombo / WFSU-FM

The state of Florida is taking public input on a proposal to turn Central Florida’s Silver Springs attraction into a state park. A public forum on the proposal attracted hundreds of people to an Ocala high school on Wednesday evening.

The Silver Springs land is already owned by the state, but it’s being leased to a private theme park manager. The company, Palace Entertainment, is trying to be let go from its lease, which doesn’t expire until 2029.

EPA Adopts Water Pollution Rules for Florida

Dec 1, 2012

Environmental groups in Florida are praising a move by the federal government to impose tough water pollution standards in the state. But the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency later tempered that excitement by also adopting rules that have long been criticized by the groups.

Sascha Cordner

Several environmental groups along with state leaders, like Former Governor Bob Graham and former Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen Castille, are working together on an effort to get billions of dollars in funding solely for water and land conservation efforts. The campaign, called the Florida Water and Land Legacy Campaign, needs close to a million signatures to get the constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot.

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