In Pasco County, 1911 the Colony of Crystal Springs was formed as a
socialist enclave. Property was shared and enterprises of the common
good were established.
In 1916, a few of the colonies investors needing to pay off a few debts, formed the Crystal Springs Colony Corporation. In 1925 this group claiming to be representing the town, seized ownership of the Spring and sold it without the communities permission.
Due to a tactful change in venue to a federal court, this became very costly to the colonies and thus they had to drop the case.
The controversial transfer of ownership under these conditions, the supporters of the original colonist, support the arguement that ownership of the springs should be reverted to the heirs of the original colonist.
To this day the fight goes on to save the springs, In 1996, Robert Thomas, President of Crystal Springs Recreation Preserve, shocked the community by locking the gate and closing the spring to the public. The public feels this was due to the Perrier plans for the spring, to bottle the water and their thurst for more.
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