Plans filed to restore Blue Hole to natural state at Florida Caverns By Deborah Buckhalter Jackson County Floridan Published: April 26, 2008
Plans are in the works to fill in the beach around Blue Hole with hardwood trees and other native vegetation.
Three state agencies have filed plans to fill in part of Blue Hole at Florida Caverns State Park and do away with the small beach that surrounds the popular but currently closed swimming hole.
The proposed work is an effort to restore Blue Hole and the surrounding land to its “natural configuration,” according to the “Joint Application for Works in the Waters of Florida” filed last week with the Department of Environmental Protection.
The joint request was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Northwest Florida Water Management District, and DEP’s own Division of Recreation and Park (Bureau of Design and Construction).
Under the plan, roughly one-quarter acre of the swimming area would be restored to its natural state, the way it looked before the spring was expanded by man to create a larger swimming area. The man-made beach created years ago around it would also be restored to its natural state.