Gatorland is moving forward with a planned swamp buggy attraction, having filed paperwork with the South Florida Water Management District this week.
Leaders for the Osceola County attraction formally announced the project in April, saying they wanted to open the Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure this fall.
According to paperwork filed, Gatorland needs an "environmental resource" permit, which ensures conformity of approved plans while protecting the public health and safety, and the natural resources of the state.
The South Florida Water Management District is a regional governmental agency that manages the water resources in 16 counties from Orlando to the Florida Keys.
"Our new adveture ride is a natural expansion of all of adventure based activities throughout the park, and a continuation of our exciting entertainment experiences," said Gatorland leader Mark McHugh at the April groundbreaking. "The Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure will let guests experience Florida's natural beauty as they venture through several different ecosystems."
The project is part of a $2.5 million park expansion at Gatorland, the largest since it opened in 1949. Paperwork filed Tuesday also includes plans to build a 1,600-square-foot building, which will be the new Gator Joe's Adventure Outpost and located in front of the buggy ride.
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