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Even more restrictions at Three Sister's Spring?!

20 August 2015 - 05:09 AM

This is all getting a little ridiculous  now, and i thought the proposed restrictions last year were bad!



Specifically, the new measures proposed in the draft EA’s preferred alternative (Alternative C) include:

  • Reducing the number of special use permits issued to in-water tour operators from 44 to five at Three Sisters Springs with each permit limiting the number of swimmers to four plus a certified guide per allotted time per visit. This means that no more than 29 swimmers will be allowed in the springs at a time. This may include: 20 swimmers supervised by five guides. It also provides for two photographers supervised by two guides. As manager of the springs, the Service may authorize additional in-water access for research and management purposes on a case-by-case basis.
  • Requiring special use permits for commercial photography and videography at Three Sisters Springs. Flash photography would be prohibited.
  • Barring any swimming into the Three Sisters Springs using the narrow spring run during manatee season. Kayaks, rafts, canoes or other floating craft will not be allowed into Three Sisters Springs.
  • Requiring swimmers to enter the springs only from a new floating platform attached to the boardwalk.
  • Requiring all in-water visitors to only wear black wet suits and barring the use of fins.
  • Instituting a standard of conduct for all in-water visitors to promote responsible, sustainable wildlife viewing.
  • Barring swimmers from using the Pretty Sister and Little Sister areas of the water. Only manatees will be allowed in those two lobes.
  • Requiring all special use permits holders to have a City of Crystal River business license.
  • Prohibiting pets on the boardwalk.
  • Building an elevated viewing platform to enhance wildlife viewing and make the boardwalk compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Supporting the upcoming Southwest Florida Water Management District bioengineering project to stabilize the spring’s shoreline.


D7000 Ikelite, buttons on camera not working while at depth

08 December 2014 - 01:15 PM

Just took my Ikelite D7000 rig on its first salt water trip today.  After a few minutes into the dive, the back camera buttons would not function, even though the camera was able to take a photo.  I could get Live View to come on but the "INFO" and [ | > ] buttons would not respond to pushing.  It worked fine in the pool a week ago.  As soon as I released the vacuum (underwater camera stuff vacuum) and took the camera out of the housing, the buttons were functional again.  Any reason this could have been an issue or has anyone experienced the same thing?

Any suggestions: Travelling with an Ikelite D7000 and looking for a safe way to travel...

06 November 2014 - 03:35 PM

I have been doing some research on previous posts and have seen that a lot of people suggested the Pelican 1510.  I have heard that getting the ikelite into the case is a tight squeeze, does anyone currently use this setup to travel with their Ikelite SLR housing? I have a Lowpro backpack to transport my camera already but I was wondering if anyone has come up with any other carry-on options to fit an Ikelite rig.  I really don't want to have to check the housing. 


If you have pics of your setup in a Pelican 1510 I would love to see it to get a better feel for the size of it/what I could fit in it.  Thanks! 

WTB: Light & Motion Sola 600 Photo or Sola 500 Photo USED

12 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

Looking for a used Light & Motion Sola Photo 600 or Light & Motion Sola Photo 500.  (Would prefer the Sola 600 for its red light vs the 500 but open to offers)  Not interested in new, I have a limited budget so I am only looking for used models right now. 


Please PM me any offers and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, Thank you!!