Yes!…yesterday at the SRWMD Board Meeting in Live Oak….
Russ Augspurg, President of OSFR, and I attended in anticipation of Otter Springs agenda item. Russ and I and spoke in favor of the purchase of this land by the district.
Otter Springs in Gilchrist County
The entire SRWMD Board was in favor and exuberant of the proposal that Charlie Houder, Director Land Acquisitions and Bob Heeke, Sr. Land Resource Manager presented to the board.
The Board discussed many of their options. Money will come from the Florida Forever fund source. $6.8 million for 636 acres and 6,200 foot of riverfront.
Includes Otter Springs with nearly a mile spring run to the Suwannee River and Little Otter Springs, very close to the Suwannee River. And protection of floodplain hammock, hardwood forest, and mature cypress stands.
Also includes a list of improvements such as…
Faith Place, Inc.
This is the RV campground with multiple beautifully maintained outbuildings including office, picnic building, enclosed pool, bath houses, Spring House Lodge, 3 cabins, recreation building, canteen building, mobile home, 100 RV full hook up sites, 10 RV sites part hook up, 40 pre-existing RV sites, tent and primitive camping.
Hope Place, Inc
13 pre-existing RV sites full hook-up, 55 pre-existing RV sites with part hook-up, equipment shed, mowed trails, 6″ well.
Big Otter LLC
Silt House, sleeps 8, pre-existing RV sites with part hook-up.
Here is an opportunity for Gilchrist County to manage another park system in their wonderful spring-filled county. They already manage Hart Springs. It is an important purchase because it connects the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail (a water trail for boaters) that the District/state helped to created. And it takes private land and makes it public again.
Please write letters to the editor expressing high praise for this purchase by the state run agency SRWMD.
next pertinent agenda item…
Hardee Springs LLC in Hamilton County
water bottling permit denied without prejudice.
The owners did not produce the information (and it was exhaustive) to fulfill the permit request from the district within 90 days. They may reapply but they cannot follow through with this same request.
It was a very good day for our “District” and everything our group supports.
Board Member Our Santa Fe River