April 12, 2023

The community is invited to join North Florida Land Trust, the Bull Family and the City of Atlantic Beach on Earth Day, April 22, 2023, for the dedication of the Harcourt and Florence Stolbrand Bull Memorial Preserve, also known as the Bull Family Preserve. The City of Atlantic Beach and the family of Harcourt Bull, the first mayor of Atlantic Beach, are hosting the celebration of the preservation of the property. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at Tide Views Preserve, 1 Begonia St., Atlantic Beach. 

North Florida Land Trust (NFLT) acquired the nearly 219-acre preserve in February from Atlantic Beach Holding Co., a group of heirs of Bull and his wife, Florence. The family decided to sell it for a bargain price to the nonprofit land conservation organization with the difference in actual cost considered a donation to NFLT. The family owned the land since about 1949 and wanted it kept in its natural state forever.