Gourd Neck Park Dream in Danger

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Title

Gourd Neck Park Dream in Danger

Alternative Title

Gourd Neck Park in Danger

Subject

Environmental protection--Florida
Parks--Florida
Springs--Florida

Description

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 owned by Herbert S. Starr had already been sold, and discusses some of the issues with developing public access to the area. According to the area was considered a low priority for conservation by the governments of the State of Florida and Lake County. The article also discusses a potential plan for the area to be acquired by Orange County and potential plans to dam off this section of Lake Apopka.

Gourd Neck Springs is a small spring located in the southwest portion of Lake Apopka, in a small cove called “Gourd Neck” due to its distinctive shape. This area of the lake was considered in the 1960s as a potential nursery for fish. The Lake Apopka Technical Committee explored damming the Gourd Neck, separating it from the lake and preventing polluted lake water from entering, but these plans did not materialize. Efforts were also made in the 1960s to have the Gourd Neck area purchased by the State of Florida for use as a public park. The Gourd Neck Springs Park Association was formed in 1961 to study the site’s potential for a park and lobby for support from legislators. The land bordering the area was privately-owned by various individuals. One of these, Gary Sharp, continued seeking support for a park into the 1970s. While the project received support from Florida legislators and environmentalists, the land was never purchased by the state.

Creator

Twitty, Tom

Source

Photocopy of original newspaper article: Twitty, Tom. "Gourd Neck Park Dream in Danger." The Orlando Sentinel Star, September 26, 1976: binder 1976, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.

Date Created

ca. 1976-09-26

Date Copyrighted

1976-09-26

Date Issued

1976-09-26

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopied original newspaper article: Twitty, Tom. "Gourd Neck Park Dream in Danger." The Orlando Sentinel Star, September 26, 1976.

Is Part Of

Binder 1976, Friends of Lake Apopka Archives, Ginn Museum, Oakland Nature Preserve, Oakland, Florida.
Friends of Lake Apopka Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Referenced By

"Letter from Gary I. Sharp to the West Orange Chamber of Commerce (May 19, 1977)." RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

240 KB

Medium

1 newspaper article

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

Gourd Neck Springs, Florida
Lake Apopka, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Tom Twitty and published by The Orlando Sentinel Star.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by The Orlando Sentinel and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

King, Joshua

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

"Apopka Spring." Lake County Water Atlas. Accessed June 08, 2016. http://www.lake.wateratlas.usf.edu/resource.aspx?wbodyid=8500.
Campbell, Ramsey. "Source of Surprise: Crystal Clear Water from Lake Apopka." The Orlando Sentinel, April 23, 1995. Accessed June 8, 2016. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1995-04-23/news/9504220188_1_lake-apopka-spring-water-bottled-water.

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