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.
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.
The 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.