Browse Items (159 total)

  • Collection: Friends of Lake Apopka Collection

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A newspaper article published in The Winter Garden Times discussing a fish kill in Lake Apopka in July of 1981. This fish kill, totaling an estimated four million fish, occurred two weeks after another larger kill in Lake Apopka on June 20, 1981. The…

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A newspaper article published in The Leesburg Daily Commercial discussing fish kills that occurred in Lake Apopka in June of 1981. The article gives quotes from Harold L. Moody and Mike Wicker of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission…

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A newspaper article published in The Orlando Sentinel discusses the stocking of Lake Apopka with Sunshine bass fingerlings. Sunshine bass are a hybrid of white bass and striped bass developed by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (GFC)…

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A letter from U.S. Representative Andy Ireland (b. 1930) to Harold L. Moody, fisheries biologist with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission (GFC), dated June 17, 1981. In the letter, Rep. Ireland discusses his co-sponsorship of House…

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A letter from John R. Dollar to W. R. Clonts, dated December 10, 1979. In this letter, Dollar the Project Manager for Post, Buckley, Shuch & Jernigan Inc., writes to Clonts, a farmer in the Zellwood Drainage and Water Control District (ZDWCD), to…

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A map that identifies pump stations, canals, and allotments within Unit No. 1 and Unit No. 2 of the Zellwood Drainage and Water Control District (ZDWCD), which was created by the Florida Legislature in 1941 for taxation and land management of farming…

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A letter from Gary I. Sharp to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, dated May 19, 1977. In the letter, Sharp states that he is no longer able to continue his efforts to have the Gourd Neck Springs area purchased by the State of Florida for use as a…

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The StreamLines, a newsletter published by the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC), for March 1977.This newsletter discusses workshops held by the ECFRPC reviewing financial concerns related to water management, as well as ongoing…

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A newspaper article published in The Orlando Sentinel Star discussing setbacks to environmentalists' goal of developing the Gourd Neck Springs area of Lake Apopka into a publicly-owned recreational park. The article states that parcels in the area…

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A notice of a public hearing to be held by Senator Walter Sims and Senator Kenneth A. Plante (1939-2015) of the Florida Senate. The purpose of the hearing was to collect information and allow for public input into a potential effort for the…

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An article published in The Orlando Sentinel discusses a delay in approval for plans for a drawdown of Lake Apopka. The project, being coordinated by Senator Walter Sims, was being funded through a $143,900 federal grant, to be matched by funds from…

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An article published in The Orlando Sentinel Star discussing plans for a drawdown of Lake Apopka. The restoration project, coordinated by Senator Walter Sims, is described here as being scheduled to begin in 1977 after approval of federal grant…

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A letter from Senator Walter Sims to Gary I. Sharp, dated March 18, 1975. In this letter, Sen. Sims writes to express personal support for Sharp's proposal that the Gourd Neck Springs area of Lake Apopka be used as a public park. Sen. Sims states…

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A letter from James Milton Thomas to Gary I. Sharp, dated November 10, 1975. In this letter, Thomas, an environmental consultant, writes to in support of Sharp's proposal that the State of Florida acquire the Gourd Neck Springs area for use as a…

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A letter from Peter C. H. Pritchard (b. 1943) to Gary I. Sharp, dated June 3, 1975. In this letter, Dr. Pritchard, Vice President of the Florida Audubon Society, writes in support of Sharp's proposal that the Gourd Neck Springs area of Lake Apopka be…

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A letter from Senator Kenneth A. Plante (1939-2015) to Gary I. Sharp, dated June 27, 1975. In this letter, Sen. Plante states that he endorses a potential purchase by the State of Florida of the Gourd Neck Springs area for use as a potential…

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A letter from Florida State Representative Richard H. Langley to Gary I. Sharp, dated February 24, 1975). In this letter, Rep. Langley endorses the potential acquisition of the Gourd Neck Springs area by the State of Florida. Rep. Langley states his…

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A letter from Helen M. Hood, chair of the Parks and Endangered Lands Committee of the Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE), to Gary I. Sharp, dated May 21, 1975. In this letter, Hood states that the FDE endorsed Sharp's proposal to form a…

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A letter from Bob Entwistle, chair of the Orlando Regional Group of the Sierra Club's Florida Chapter, to Gary I. Sharp, dated April 24, 1975. In this letter, Entwistle finds merit in Sharp's proposal to have the Gourd Neck Springs area considered…

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A letter from William J. Cappleman of the Cappleman Agency, Inc. to Gary I. Sharp, dated May 16, 1975. In this letter, Cappleman states that they have received calls from landowners in the Gourd Neck Springs area seeking to sell their plots, as well…

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A letter from Florida state Senator James A. Glisson (b. 1939) to Gary I. Sharp, dated June 25, 1975. In this letter, Sen. Glisson states that he would be in favor of the State of Florida acquiring the Gourd Neck Springs area for use as a…

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This letter, from Ernest H. Cowen, Manager of the Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce's Civic Affairs Department, to Gary Sharp, states Cowen's belief that a park in the Gourd Neck area would help attract public support for the larger project of…

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In this letter, Allen E. Arthur, member of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners, expresses his belief that a park in the Gourd Neck Springs area would aid in the restoration process for Lake Apopka. Commissioner Arthur also served as the…

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In this letter, Florida Representative Dick J. Batchelor (b. 1947) writes to Gary Sharp that he does not have the authority over purchasing the Gourd Neck Springs area, and that the decision rests with the Environmental Endangered Lands Committee.…

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A newspaper article discussing potential plans to to fill 250 acres of the St. Johns estuary near Blount Island in Jacksonville, Florida. The article quotes O.E. Frye, director of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, stating that the…

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A newspaper article discussing a proposal by the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Tenneco to purchase Blount Island, located on the St. Johns River, for use as a site for construction offshore nuclear power plants. The article quotes Helen P.…

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A newspaper article discussing potential Federal funding of Lake Apopka restoration plans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had pledged $1.75 million to fund a drawdown of Lake Apopka's water level in the hope that this would allow the…

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A newspaper article discussing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants dealing with restoration plans for Lake Apopka. The EPA had previously pledged $1.5 million towards restoring the lake, with the funds to be used in a drawdown of the lake's…

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A proposed plan to lessen agricultural pollution entering Lake Apopka until comprehensive guidelines were established by the State of Florida. The plan aimed at more accurately measuring water inflow and outflow to the muck farms, using gauges…

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The second half of a newspaper article discussing a plan for the restoration of Lake Apopka slated to begin in 1973. The article focuses on the muck farmers' involvement in the project, working through the Central Florida Agricultural Institute. The…

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A newspaper article discussing a report that alleged the concealment of dredge-and-fill permit violations by the Marco Island Development Corporation in Marco Island, Florida. The report claims that these violations were concealed from the Florida…

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A newspaper article discussing a meeting of Florida conservationists held at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park on World Humanist Day. According to the article, many of the environmental experts warned of future ecological problems in Central…

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A newspaper article from discussing various lawsuits in the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida regarding the aerial application of Mirex, a pesticide designed to control fire ants. Suits by the Florida Department of Pollution Control (FDPC)…

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The Florida From the House...To Your Home newsletter mailed to citizens of the 5th Congressional District of Florida, represented by U.S. Representative Louis Frey, Jr. (1934-), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969 to 1979. Rep.…

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A newspaper article discussing a lawsuit in the Second Judicial Circuit Court of Florida against the Internal Improvement Fund (IFF). The article describes the suit as a petition to limit the IFFs veto powers over dredge-and-fill permits, powers…

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A newspaper article discussing a report for the Florida State House of Representatives on dredging violations. The article mentions claims that dredge-and-fill violations were concealed from the Florida Cabinet during the cabinet's approval of…

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A newspaper article discussing the approval of a restoration plan for Lake Apopka by the Florida Department of Pollution Control (DPC). The plan was to use grant money from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to implement a drawdown of Lake…

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The December 1967 through January 1968 edition of the Water Management Bulletin, which was a publication of the Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District. The district was formed by the Florida Legislature in 1949 to manage the Central and…

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A weekly report of the Lake Apopka Technical Committee, chaired by C. W. Sheffield. The committee was an initiative by Governor Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. (1926-2011) to investigate pollution and possible restoration of Lake Apopka,…

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A weekly report of the Lake Apopka Technical Committee, chaired by C. W. Sheffield. The committee was an initiative by Governor Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. (1926-2011) to investigate pollution and possible restoration of Lake Apopka,…

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A newspaper article from The Orlando Sentinel discussing seining operations in Lake Eustis in Florida. The article states that a report released by the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission found that seining hauls had decreased since 1953,…

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A newspaper article from The Orlando Sentinel discussing an upcoming meeting to be held by the Lake Apopka Technical Committee regarding the restoration of Lake Apopka in Florida. The committee was formed by Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr.…

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A letter from John W. Woods, chief of Fisheries Division of Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, to Harold L. Moody, a fisheries biologist with the commission. The letter is in reference to an earlier a letter from Moody discussing aerial…

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A photograph from The Orlando Sentinel, showing Florida Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. (1926-2011) purchasing the first 12 tickets for the Lake Apopka Gar Derby from Julian Roberts of Apopka. Also seen in the photograph are A. D. Smith, and Nathaniel…

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A newspaper article discussing an invitation extended by Lake County water authorities to Clarence Carswell, director of the National Marine Water Quality Laboratories, to visit Lake Apopka in Florida. The invitation is motivated by the frequent fish…

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A newspaper article from The Winter Garden Times describing remarks made by Dale Twachtmann to the Winter Garden Rotary Club. At the meeting, Twachtmann, an engineer, discussed the various sources of pollution entering Lake Apopka. Twachtmann also…

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A letter from Harold L. Moody, fisheries biologist with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, to J. W. Woods, Chief of Fisheries for the commission. The letter describes a fish kill observed on June 3, 1967. Moody was informed of the kill…

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A letter from Harold L. Moody, fisheries biologist with the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, to J. W. Woods, Chief of Fisheries for the commission. The letter describes a fish kill first observed on April 23, 1967, by Dewey Smith, and…

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A letter from O. E. Frye, Jr., director of the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission, to Arthur W. Sinclair, executive manager of the Winter Garden Chamber of Commerce, in response to Sinclair's questions about seining viability in Lake Apopka.…

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A letter from Arthur W. Sinclair, executive manager of the Winter Garden Chamber of Commerce, to the Hyacinth Control Society, Inc., requesting information on herbicides to be used on hyacinth and other aquatic plants along the shores of Lake Apopka…

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A letter from Edward A. Zagar, a fisheries biologist for the Florida Game and Fresh Water Commission, to Arthur W. Sinclair, from the Winter Garden Chamber of Commerce. In the letter, Zagar discusses the seine survey program for Lake Apopka and for…

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A press release from the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission announcing plans to perform a seining operation in Lake Griffin in Lake County, Florida, as a follow-up to evaluate earlier rough removal programs. Gizzard shad are the main target…

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A memorandum from Felix Salvador, Chairman of the St. Johns River Advisory Committee, to Committee members and county commissioners of counties bordering the river. The St. Johns River Advisory Committee was formed under Governor C. Farris Bryant…

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A newspaper article detailing Mayor Bob Carr's (1899-1967) pleas for soft soap usage. Carr served as Mayor of Orlando, Florida, from 1956 to 1967. In the article, City Purchasing Agent Walt Fish says that Orlando now only purchases biodegradable…

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A letter from Sally Cameron, Director of Research for Claude Roy Kirk, Jr.'s (1926-2011) gubernatorial campaign, in response to an earlier letter from Arthur W. Sinclair, the Executive Secretary-Manager for the City of Winter Garden, asking for…