Rotary will ask for a handshake promise

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By Claude Lewis

FANNING SPRINGS - Being a relatively new outfit, the Fanning and Manatee Springs Working Group is still learning to walk before it can ultimately run wild with its message of springs protection.

Wednesday, May 7, was only the second quarterly meeting of the group, which was formed by concerned folks from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of Environment Protection.

While Working Group coordinator Carol Lippincott and others are still mapping out methods of attack, one group - the Chiefland Rotary - already has a plan that it wants to put into motion in the near future.

It's called the "Springs Promise" - a handshake deal between the Rotary and homeowners that the latter will adhere to three basic rules that will help ensure better water quality.

Chiefland Rotary's Stoney Smith, a businessman who also sits on the Fanning Springs City Commission, revealed the planned recruiting drive at the May 7 meeting at Fanning Springs City Hall.

"We'll be seeking promises from homeowners to protect the springshed," Smith said. "They'll donate $50 and get a hand-made yard marker saying that they made the promise."

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