Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 30, 2019 – North Florida Land Trust is in private discussions with the owners of Fish Island in St. Augustine to acquire and preserve the land, which is the normal process for the nonprofit land conservation organization. The property, located on the Intracoastal waterway immediately adjacent to the 312 bridge onto Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, was originally proposed for development. The city planning board rejected the plans and the community pushed for preservation.
“We normally don’t discuss our projects in their infancy, but the community has been so involved in preserving this land that we thought it best to let them know we had started discussions with the owners,” said Jim McCarthy, president of NFLT. “Our next steps are to do our due diligence and when we get the appraisal, we will begin our negotiations to acquire the property for preservation.”
The primary conservation purpose for preserving the land is a historic one. The island was the site of on one of the plantations that was integral to St. Augustine’s history. It still has some ruins and other evidence of its historic use. Although the property is located within an urbanized environment, it does have a healthy maritime hammock forest and preserving the land would help avoid significant run-off.
NFLT will need to raise money to preserve this property. Donors can contribute to preserving Fish Island at https://www.nflt.org/preservefishisland/.
About North Florida Land Trust
North Florida Land Trust is a nonprofit organization who serves as a champion of environmental protection primarily in Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union and Volusia counties. NFLT was founded in 1999 and has protected thousands of acres of environmentally significant land including property at Big Talbot Island, the River Branch Preserve, Pumpkin Hill, Keystone Lakes Area, Sixmile Creek, along the St. Mary’s River and other valued natural areas predominantly in Northeast Florida. NFLT is funded largely by private and corporate contributions and works closely with private landowners and other public agencies at all levels of government, not-for-profit partners, and foundations. For more information, visit www.northfloridalandtrust.org.