Planning in the works for manatee season at Three Sisters Springs

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When manatee season rolls around again next fall, Crystal River city leaders want to make sure things go smoothly at one of their top tourist attractions.

CRYSTAL RIVER — We’re learning more about possible future plans for Three Sisters Springs in Citrus County.

When manatee season rolls around again next fall, Crystal River city leaders want to make sure things go smoothly at one of their top tourist attractions.

This past manatee season, a record-breaking number of people visited Three Sisters Springs. Crystal River city leaders thought about taking over control from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but now it sounds like the game plan is teamwork.

Wildlife officials say talks are underway to divide up management. They say they would take care of things like the manatees, habitat and education, while the city would take care of the visitors on land.

Local manatee tour operator Bill Oestreich has his fingers crossed.

“I hope we don’t make any major changes to something that has been working so well for so long,” he said. “I realize it is getting more crowded every year. We’ll see what happens.”

Both sides are in the talking stage right now and hope to reach an agreement soon.

(baynews9.com)

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