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Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

Exploration of the cave system below Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County. Divers Brett Hemphill and Matt Vinzant explore the cave system to locate a possible connection to other springs such as the well-known Hospital Hole on the Weeki Wachee River.
Entry to the cave system is made at Twin D’s, located 0.5 mile southwest of the main spring. Continue reading Weeki Wachee Cave Diving

America’s Fastest Growing City: Weeki Wachee, Florida

With a predicted growth of 2750%, Weeki Wachee will be one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. The tiny town that currently holds 3 residents, grew out of the roadside attraction, started by Newt Perry in 1947. It shows up on maps after it incorporated in 1966, offering free advertising for the attraction.

The City of Mermaids is located on 640 acres and is mainly known for the attraction and its first-magnitude spring, that were only recently made part of the new Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. The park includes water rides, animal shows, mermaid costume shows and manatee watching.

Under continuous pressure from the state, the little city has decided to build an 86-unit apartment complex and expand its population base and thus avoid being decertified by the state for having too few residents. This will cause an enormous population growth that, in time, may help to pay down the city’s debt and again, make it more attractive to be swallowed up by the county.

April designated Springs Protection Month

April has been designated Springs Protection Month by the Florida Legislature. The intent of this resolution is to raise public awareness on the importance of springs protection and to bring attention to one of Florida’s greatest resources, our springs.

Florida’s concentration of springs is possibly the greatest worldwide, and springs protection should be a vital component of our water policies. Lately the Legislature has funded many springs restoration and protection projects, with investments of more than $106 million.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District places a high priority on the five first-magnitude spring groups and Springs Awareness Month gives opportunities to engage the public in protecting and restoring our springs.

Southwest Florida Water Management District News Release – April 1, 2015

“Boat Spring” Purchase

THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT HAS APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF 85 ACRES ALONG THE HERNANDO AND PASCO COUNTY LINE.

The property lies in Aripeka and includes springs, the spring run from Magnolia Spring, a 40-ft natural sand ridge and freshwater swamps that flow into Hammock Creek.
aripeka springs
The second magnitude Hammock Creek spring system includes Boat, Magnolia, Aripeka 1 and 2 springs which all flow into Hammock Creek that connects with the Gulf of Mexico.

magnolia springThe parcel is situated at the southern end of the coastal conservation lands corridor, that stretches all the way to Tallahassee, where the endangered Florida Black Bear still roams free. It will help connecting public lands and keep water resources and habitats safe from development.

The $1,370,000 bill is funded by the District’s Florida Forever Trust Funds.