Stepping Back From Poe Springs?
A popular springs park may remain closed.
Questions about renovations at Poe Springs Park may delay its opening for months, deep into the summer vacation season.
Permit issues have halted construction to repair eroding steps into the springs, according to Alachua County staff.
However, some in High Springs want things to start moving- like Vice-Mayor Bob Barnas, who has wanted his city to take over operations of the park from the county since February.
"We had said going into this, if it was not something that we could at least break-even on, for our costs, then it wasn't something that we needed to do," he said.
The plan that's still unsigned, has the city and county jointly running the springs- with High Springs maintaining the park, like lawn mowing, and dock repairs, and charging a fee for those visiting the springs.
Barnas says the park under their rule, would bring tourism dollars to the small town.
However, according to Vernest Legree, project coordinator for the county, there's still sixty to eighty days of construction left on the springs.
On Wednesday, a county "developmental review staff" will take a look at the permit issues that are halting construction.
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