Three Sisters Springs #2

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© Judy and Wayne Wanamaker
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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.

12 responses

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    How could anyone build in such a wonderous place, hope it never comes to pass..

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    I totally agree with Eithne!! It's so beautiful!

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    Wonderful entry in your photo essay.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Jan 2011):

    A great place. I think I would enjoy the quietness as much as the view.

  • Juanita Vivas

    Juanita Vivas (Deleted) gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    A beautiful place indeed !!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (23 Jan 2011):

    I am so glad that the concerned citizen's were able to negotiate with the land developers to preserve this nature site as it was meant to be and it was good, it turned out the way it did.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Great photos along with an interesting story!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    I love when a story has a happy ending!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Great kudos to the townfolk who had a vision and strove to protect their beoved area, thankfully the developer was not as greedy and near sighted as most.Beautiful series....Thanks for sharing...

  • Jean Creamer

    Jean Creamer gave props (24 Jan 2011):

    Great shot, Judy. I have not been to 3 Sisters Springs in years. Gonna have to go soon!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (28 Jan 2011):

    Lush and lovely!

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (2 Feb 2011):

    Freightening and beautiful all at once

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