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Kayakers enjoy a morning paddle down the Weeki Wachee Springs River at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. [Michele Miller]

FL - Residents express love for the Weeki Wachee River, but worry what recent study will bring their way

Various agencies describe what carrying-capacity study determined and next steps.

Last week’s crowded meeting about the Weeki Wachee River carrying-capacity study was reminiscent of the town hall meeting in 2016 that jump-started efforts to save the ailing waterway.

At the earlier session, state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, committed to help restore the river. It might take years, he warned, but the work was worth doing.

Last week’s session drew another standing-room-only crowd to the Coast Guard Auxiliary building. Once again, it included waterfront homeowners, river-dependent business interests, agency officials and people who enjoy the recreation the river offers.

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