Governor and Cabinet Approve Florida Forever Acquisition Crucial for Springs Protection
Governor Rick Scott and Cabinet members approved the purchase of the Blue Springs parcel, a 407-acre property in Gilchrist County, for more than $5.2 million. The property encompasses six natural springs and includes approximately one mile of frontage along the Santa Fe River.
“I am thrilled by this opportunity to protect this property, and the vital springs resources within it, for our future generations,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “I'm looking forward to working with Governor Scott and the Cabinet and our partners in springs protection to complete more acquisitions like this one."
The property will be purchased from Blue Springs Properties Inc., which has managed it as a private park and campground facility, known as Blue Springs Park, since 1958.
"For decades, my family has worked to protect one of this state's most beautiful natural treasures," said Kim Davis, Blue Springs Properties Inc. "We're excited that this acquisition will allow this legacy to continue."
The property is located within the Florida’s First Magnitude Springs Florida Forever project, ranked number 1 in the Florida Forever Partnerships and Regional Incentives project category. With today's acquisition, more than 60 percent of this project has been acquired by the state of Florida.