Aerial view of Silver Springs with
bottom boat tour underway.
Silver Springs State Park Management Plan Advisory Group
In January 23, 2013, the Florida Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund (Trustees), approved the termination of the lease to Festival Fun Parks, LLC of the Silver Springs attraction, effective September 30, 2013. On October 1, 2013, the property was incorporated into the existing Trustees lease to the DEP Division of Recreation and Parks for Silver River State Park. Concurrently, the Division renamed the park as Silver Springs State Park.
This webpage was created to provide a convenient venue to provide background information and meeting coordination for the Silver Springs State Park Management Plan Amendment Advisory Group. The purpose of the advisory group is to work with Division staff, providing input and advice on the amendment of the approved Silver River State Park unit management plan to integrate the newly-leased property into the existing state park. In accordance with Chapter 259.32, Florida Statutes, the advisory group is made up of members of the community surrounding the park, adjacent land owners, local elected officials, other state and federal land management agencies, recreational user groups, environmental advocacy groups and the park's volunteer organization.
The plan amendment will outline the Divisions' long-term program for managing natural and cultural resources on the additional property and will articulate a land use and development concept for future development (or redevelopment) of park infrastructure.
Aerial view of the main spring and boat
terminal at the Silver Springs attraction
Four advisory group meetings are anticipated between October, 2013 and early 2014. Meetings will consist of presentations by Division staff and outside experts, a tour of the park property and facilitated visioning exercises and brainstorming sessions to develop one or more conceptual plans for the new state park. The products of the advisory group will be presented to the public at a workshop in the Ocala/Silver Springs area, when these meetings are concluded. Following the public workshop, the Division will submit the draft Silver Springs Management Plan Amendment to the Acquisition and Restoration Council in Tallahassee, whose review will include an additional public workshop.
These links provide access to the background materials, meeting agendas and meeting summaries for the advisory group and the general public.
Acquisition and Restoration Council Public Hearing on August 15, 2014
DRAFT Management Plan Amendment Silver Springs SP
Public Notices, Meeting Agendas, List of Advisory Group Members
October 4th AGM
4th Public Notice AGM
November 8th AGM
8th Public Notice AGM
November 8th List of Advisory Group Members
AD Group Meeting Summary January 10, 2014
Advisory Group Meeting Presentations and Summaries
AD Group Meeting 1 October 4 2013
AD Group Meeting Summary October 4 2013
Meeting Summary November 8 2013
AD Group Meeting Summary December 6 2013
AD Group Meeting Summary May 7 2014
Background Materials for October 4, 2013 Orientation Meeting
Interim Operations and Facility Plan for Silver Springs
Excerpts from Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida
Greenway Management Plan
Marjorie Harris Carr Cross
Florida Greenway Maps
Ocala National Forest Recreation Guide
National Forest Recreation Map
Indian Lakes State Forest Management Plan, 2011
Silver Springs CRA Plan
Background Materials for November 8 Advisory Group Meeting
Mark Bonn Springs Study 2004
Making Tourism More Sustainable - A Guide for
Center for Ecotourism and
National Landmarks_National Register
50 year retrospective; Munch, Knight
DHR Management Procedures
Architect June 1959
Files Specific to the Plan Amendment
Natural and Cultural Resources Inventory
Silver Springs Tourist Center_powerpoint
Silver Springs Letter Report
DHR Letter to Glissman
Addendum 5 Plant and Animal List
Addendum 4 Soil Descriptions 4_4_2013
Silver Springs_Vicinity_Map_09 25 2013
Silver Springs State Park Boundary
Silver Springs Current
Silver River SP Final Management Plan
Springs Management Zones Map
Public Workshop Summaries: December, 2013 to August, 2013
August 7_2013 Park Planning_Design and Construction
Silver Springs 01-14-13 Workshop Summary
Silver Springs 03-07-13 Workshop Summary
Silver Springs 12-12-12 Workshop Summary
Silver Springs Basin Management Action Plan
Silver Springs BMAP
FL Statutes, Administrative Rules and State Lands Management Plan Checklist
CH. 18-2.018 F.A.C.
CH. 253.034 F.S.
CH. 258 F.S.
CH. 259.032 F.S.
CH. 62D-2 F.A.C.
Land Management Plan Compliance Checklist- revised February
Glass bottom boat tour
on the upper Silver River
Although state park advisory group meetings are open to
the public, they are intended to be focus-group meetings for
Division staff to receive comments and recommendations on
the park management plan from individuals appointed to the
advisory group to represent specific organizations, groups
or interests. A reasonable amount of time is scheduled
at the end of each meeting to accept brief public comments.
As noted above, a public workshop dedicated to receiving
comments on the results of the advisory group's meetings
will be held at the conclusion of this phase of the planning
The mission of the Florida Park Service is to provide
resource-based recreation while preserving, interpreting and restoring natural and