Sanlando Springs, Florida

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Sanlando Springs
Unincorporated community
Flooding of Sanlando Springs after Hurricane Frances in 2004
Flooding of Sanlando Springs after Hurricane Frances in 2004
Sanlando Springs is located in Seminole County, Florida
Sanlando Springs
Sanlando Springs
Coordinates: 28°41′01″N 81°22′54″W / 28.68361°N 81.38167°W / 28.68361; -81.38167Coordinates: 28°41′01″N 81°22′54″W / 28.68361°N 81.38167°W / 28.68361; -81.38167
Country United States
State Florida
County Seminole
Elevation 56 ft (17 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 407 & 321
GNIS feature ID 290643[1]

Sanlando Springs is a first magnitude freshwater spring and an unincorporated community in Seminole County, Florida,[1] just west of Longwood, Florida, so-named for its location between the cities of Sanford and Orlando. From the 1930s through 1971, it was a privately owned and operated recreation area and park that was open to the general public for an entrance fee.

In 1971, the property was sold for conversion into a private residential development to be known as The Springs.

The spring itself is located behind the clubhouse of The Springs, a gated community. Although managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District, it is a private recreation and swimming area for residents of the community and respective guests and is no longer open to the general public.

The main swimming area boasts a diving platform over the spring, approximately 6 ft (1.8 m) above the waters surface. There is also a floating man-made island, approximately 40 ft (12.2 m) from the shoreline, to which guests may swim. The waters of the main spring eventually empty into the Wekiva River and from there into the St. Johns River. Sanlando Springs, along with nearby Rock Springs, Wekiwa Springs and Palm Springs, form the headwaters of the Wekiva River.

During times of heavy rain, such as the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the springs have been known to flood dramatically and certain areas of the spring during these times may be hazardous.

Near the main spring are several sulfur springs, which are generally unfit for swimming due to foul odor and possible presence of potentially dangerous wildlife, such as alligators.

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