Recreational Cave Diving Coming to Florida’s Wakulla Springs?

January 17, 2012 / Florida, United States, North America
Florida's Wakulla Springs as it empties into the Wakulla River

Photo by Tim Ross/Wikipedia

A 26-year-old policy to prohibit cave diving at Florida’s Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park is up for discussion after a group of cave divers approached the Florida Park Service last year with the proposal to allow recreational cave diving.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park features to one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world. It is home to an abundance of wildlife, which includes alligators, turtles, deer, and birds.

Currently, the only dives allowed in Wakulla Springs are for scientific research and requires a special permit. The bones of at least nine extinct species, including a mastodon, have been found in the spring.

The public will have an opportunity at a workshop on Thursday, January 19th to give feedback on the proposal to the Florida Park Service.

The workshop will be held 7:00pm in Crawfordville, Flordia at the Wakulla County Agriculture Extension Office, 84 Cedar Avenue.

Anyone unable to attend the workshop may send their comments to the Division of Recreation and Parks’ Office of Park Planning, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd, Mailstation 525, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

Cave diving at Wakulla Spring? [Tallahassee Democrat], Debate over diving at Wakulla Springs [WTXL] & Wakulla Springs may open for cave diving [Alachua County Today]

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  1. March 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I really hope this idea of opening Wakulla Springs up to recreational cave diving is not going to happen for several basic common sense reasons. One Ed Ball was. against it and that alone should stop this because the caretakers need to honor his wishes like allowing only his tourboats on the spring. Second people are dieing all over the world while cave diving even the certified cave diving instructors die in springs. There just is no

  2. March 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    It might open up pristine waters to more pollution and the crowds there will be for what waiting for body of a diver to float up? And while these people wait thei opem r turn diving this spring they will be trashing the park grounds. You want to see crowds at Wakulla Springs there’s safer and smarter ways to do it than to open up to daredevils.

  3. March 25, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Ed Ball long before 26 years ago forbid divers except scientific dives. And most all of that has been done by now no one else should ever be allowed to cave dive Wakulla Springs. Well infact I am sure Ed Ball Has been dead longer that 26 years. And he during his reign over the springs forbid recreational cave diving. So lets say forever because he owned access to the springs long before there was scuba.

    saysaya change that to more like for ever since stleast scuba diving

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