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Thursday, April 14th 2016

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Monday, March 14th, 2016

Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others

Runs through Sunday, April 24th, 2016 

Time & Place

8:00 AM - Sunset EDT
Silver Springs State Park; 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard; Ocala, FL 34470

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Free with regular park admission.

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit (, Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website (

More Information

Craig Littauer | 352-236-7148, ext. 5 | Email | Web | Map

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Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum

Runs through Thursday, April 14th, 2016 

Time & Place

9:30AM - 4:00PM EDT
O'Leno State Park; 410 SE O'Leno Park Rd; High Springs, FL 32643

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The springs forum was created by concerned citizens to create a venue where government officials, professionals, and the public can discuss the issues and solutions to protecting our local springs. Alachua County Environmental Protection Department coordinates quarterly meetings, which are open to the public, for the working group.

The next Santa Fe Springs Protection Forum will be from 9:30 – 4:00 PM Thursday April 14 at O’Leno State Park. We will mainly be focused on submerged vegetation. I have attached the agenda. Lunch will be provided by Environmental Consulting and Technology (ECT). Please RSVP HERE by 4/11 if you would like to enjoy the provided lunch. April is a beautiful time of year to enjoy O’Leno, so consider walking the River Trail after the meeting!

Santa Fe River Springs Protection Forum Agenda:

9:30 - 9:35: Welcome - Stacie Greco, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

9:35 - 10:05: Introductions & Announcements - Everyone!

10:05 - 10:45: SRWMD Water Monitoring Program - Tom Mirti, Suwannee River Water Management District

10:45 - 11:25: A Review of a 30-year Aquatic Plant Dataset in the Santa Fe River - Eric Nagid, Fish & Wildlife Commission

11:25 - 12:05: Drivers of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Sky Notestein, Southwest Florida Water Management District

12:05 - 1:05: Lunch, provided by Environmental Consulting & Technology (ECT)

1:05 - 1:45: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration in Florida Springs - Sean King, Southwest Florida Water Management District

1:45 - 2:25: When the Masses Meet the Grasses - Sam Cole, Ichetucknee Springs State Park

2:25 - 2:40: BREAK

2:40 - 3:20: Vegetation of the Santa Fe River - Tom Morris, Karst Environmental Services

3:20 - 4:00: Turtle Populations in the Santa Fe River - An update on a Long Term Study - Jerry Johnston, Santa Fe Community College

Learn more about this group at

More Information

Stacie Greco | 352-264-6829 | Email | Web | Map

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