Citrus County

SWFWMD to restore eroded Three Sisters shoreline

A manatee feeds on tree roots at Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Fla.

By SWFWMD Water Matters Blog writer

Surrounding the crystal waters of Three Sisters Springs, visitors can easily spot exposed tree roots and an eroded shoreline.

Take a Trip to Howard’s Flea Market and Taste a World Famous 'Dixie Dog'

The Dixie Dog - and an admirer

If you are looking for your next great flea market find, look no further than Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa.

For the past 40 years, people from all over have visited Howard’s to find some hidden treasures.

With 800 covered booths, there is definitely treasure and it’s not buried, it’s right out there on the table!

Nature Preserve dedicated in Old Homosassa

Dedication of the Troy Sameuel Cumming Nature Preserve in Old Homosassa

In 1998, Homosassa resident Roger Adams bought a piece of property on West Yulee Drive from his long-time friend, Troy Samuel Cumming, with the promise of keeping the land pristine.

On Wednesday, after years of searching for the right people to donate the land to, Adams and his wife, Sally Smith Adams, officially donated the property to the Tampa Bay Conservancy.

The occasion was marked with the dedication of the property as the Troy Samuel Cumming Nature Preserve, and has the blessing of the Southwest Florida Water Management Water District (SWFWMD).

Plantation Inn now official IGFA fish weigh station

Plantation Inn, Crystal River Florida

The Plantation on Crystal River is now home to the only official International Game Fish Association (IGFA) weigh station for more than 400 miles to the north or south on Florida’s West Coast.

Good for far more than bragging rights, the weigh station gives local anglers and guests a chance to have their catch considered for one of IGFA’s nearly 7,000 world records.

Top Video: Ancient Finds

The recent cleanup by the Southwest Florida Water Management District not only cleaned the Chassahowitzka Springs, it uncovered history, some of it ancient.

Spring cleanup yields cornucopia of history

Chassahowitzka spring

To the untrained eye, many of the hundreds of artifacts pulled in recent months from a Florida spring in the Chassahowitzka River look like stuff nobody wanted to buy at a yard sale: old bottles, an antler, broken pieces of a plate, a toy cap gun, a bowl, a fishhook, pins.

But to archaeologist Michael Arbuthnot, who oversaw a five-month project that pulled hundreds of such items from a 2 1/2-acre field of muck as deep as 25 feet below the surface of the spring, they are much more.

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