Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park Budget Cuts

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

Vendors at the Wakulla Springs State Park may soon be packing up because of state budget cuts.

People have been visiting Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park for several decades, but now The Lodge, one of the park's main attractions, may be forced out of business.

A volunteer at the park says it's going be hard to see the Lodge shut down.

Linda Beckman says, "It's just such a sad feeling to think that one day I'll come and this building will be closed and all into disrepair."

Florida legislators asked state agencies to reduce their annual operating budgets by fifteen percent.

Resulting in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection having to close some state parks operated concessions.

Beckman says she has a solution, "If they could find a private vendor to run this building that would solve the problem."

According to the house and senate budget, the cut of the concessions will save 3.5 million dollars and cut about 24 jobs.

Florida department of environmental protection spokesperson Kristin Lock says, no final decisions have been made.

And the parks concessions is part of the budget cuts, they'll offer private vendors and opportunity to take over as soon as July.

The Wakulla Springs State Park and the boat tours will remain open to the public and is not included in the proposed cuts.

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