Through a public information request to the State Parks of Florida, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson received several documents which show that Nestle Waters, a private corporation who profits from our protected freshwater springs, plans to exploit a state park, Gilchrist Blue Springs, for their financial gain.
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is funded by taxpayer dollars to keep it protected and available for enjoyment by the public. Nestle intends to shoot their newest corporate commercial about bottling up our culturally significant springs and leaving a polluting stream via discarded single use plastic bottles.
Our taxpayer dollars at Gilchrist Blue Springs are now going to be used for a corporate interest profiteering. This was never the intent of funding this park.
Not only that, but our state park will be helping a commercial business which, by their own admission, will diminish the flow of the nearby Ginnie Spring. Our river and spring are already not meeting its required flow and must be restored by the State of Florida. Taking water out to bottle it will delay that recovery.
This is not the best use of our tax dollar, our parks, nor our springs, all of which belong to you.
Nestle wants to film at the spring on February 13th (Thursday) or 14th (Friday), 9 am until 4 pm. Even though they will have permission to use the park for their commercial purposes, they are not allowed to shut the park down. Therefore, it will be open for use by the public on those days.
If you want to see Florida’s freshwater springs in their natural places for your future generations, do not drink our fresh water springs out of plastic bottles. Tell everybody you know to stop buying or using Florida springwater wrapped in plastic from our grocery store shelves, vending machines, or handed out for “free”.
Want to be a part of this movement but feel that you are too far from where the epicenter of this crisis is occurring? Something important and EASY to do…stop buying this stuff. Filter your own tap water, whether you use city water or well water, filter it and use it. This action helps keep plastic pollution out of our neighborhoods and waterways too.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum