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This is a view of the manmade canal that connects the springs to the Crystal River. It was dug by developers in the 1970s. Before that time, the springs were landlocked, and the manatees had no way to enter.
A developer who bought the 57 acres of land surrounding the springs and a small nearby lake was planning 36 single homesites and two large condominiums. Fortunately, the collapsing housing market put his plans on the back burner.
Several concerned citizens who were against building in this ecologically sensitive area met to discuss what should be done to stop the develpment. They decided that they would try to buy it from the developers. After some negotiations, the developer, who saw the wisdom of conserving this unspoiled and pristine place, offered it up at a reasonable price.
In the The Preservation of Three Sisters Spring photo essay.
Also by Judy and Wayne Wanamaker
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