SWFWMD Improves The Canoe Launch to Help Reduce Pollutants.
The District is restoring an area of the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park canoe launch. The restored area will benefit the Weeki Wachee spring system by reducing stormwater pollutants and sediment loading entering the Weeki Wachee River.
Source: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Celebrate Hernando County at the 16th Annual Hernando County Residents Reception
As a resident, we’re sure you have many questions about Hernando County. Questions about schools… safety and law enforcement… roads and local government… healthcare… and naturally… where to shop, eat and play.
The Florida Greenways and Trails Council will start two days of meetings and consider numerous projects for designation as parts of the Florida Greenways and Trails System.
The Florida Greenways and Trails Council (FGTC) was established pursuant to 260.0142, Florida Statutes. Among its duties, the Council serves to advise the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on greenway and trail related issues, promote intergovernmental cooperation and private partnerships for developing the greenways and trails system, recommend priorities for critical links in the system, and provide funding recommendations for developing and managing the system.
The council typically meets four times a year at various locations throughout the state.
The next meetings will be held at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Tuesday, July 7, 2014 – 1 PM
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 – 8 AM
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.
THE HERNANDO COUNTY’S NEW NATURE COAST EDUCATION AND TOURISM CENTER HAS MANY SUPPORTERS, YET FINDING AN APPROPRIATE LOCATION HAS BEEN PROBLEMATIC.
The $6 million center was initially proposed to be located at Blue Pelican Marina in Hernando Beach. The Weeki Wachee Preserve followed. After scores of residents protested in both instances, the current option is at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with the I-75 intersection in East Hernando as a backup.
The Rotary Clubs of Spring Hill and Brooksville will have a lyngbya cleanup on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.
Volunteers are needed for this community effort to get rid of the algae from the water. Special rakes are used to remove the algae in a careful manner. Each rake full of lyngbya helps clean the water of pollutants. Lyngbya is an algae that can cause serious damage to the springs and its inhabitants. It interferes with fishing, boating, swimming and the health of manatees and other aquatic life.
The cleanup will last about two hours. For information about the project, contact Doug Brainard at (352) 442-1156 or [email protected]
AT THE MAY 27 HERNANDO COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING A NEW NATURE COAST EDUCATION AND TOURISM CENTER WAS PROPOSED WITH THE WEEKI WACHEE PRESERVE AS THE FUTURE LOCATION.
This preserve is known for its natural wetland and upland communities and is currently open to the public for hiking, biking, fishing, bird watching, canoeing and kayaking. Uniquely located close to Hernando’s population center, it offers easy access to a completely natural experience, that has very limited motor access. Continue reading Weeki Wachee Preserve Open For Development?→
With the spring more popular every year and attendance increasing steadily from 140,000 visitors in 2008 to 270,000 in 2013, the Florida Park Service recently published a master plan for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, featuring nearly $8.7 million in improvements to the vintage Hernando County tourist attraction and Buccaneer Bay, the water park adjacent to the spring.