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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.

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Del Valle retires from county parks post

After 24 years in county government, Rafael Del Valle retired on Friday from the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department.

Del Valle's history with parks includes New York and Citrus County.

When he came here, his first job was as a casual laborer running the women’s volleyball league with the Citrus County Parks and Recreation Department.

Lu, Wildlife park hippo, celebrates birthday

Lu the Hippopotamus finally turned 50 today.

The occasion was marked by a cake, a tire and children at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

Hundreds of members of the public, as well as local media, were on hand to sing happy birthday to the critter, born on Jan. 26, 1960, at the San Diego Zoo. After the African hippo chomped down the cake, he was given a tractor tire donated by a local merchant - one of his favorite toys in the park.

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Wildlife park gets early holiday gift

This Key deer fawn was born Friday morning at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park.

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Snow, toboggan ride coming to Homosassa park

Imported snow at state park.The eight–evening event is scheduled for the evenings of Dec. 18 through Christmas Eve and then will be open again on the evening of Dec. 26.

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