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Florida Communities Trust Highlights

Florida Communities Trust assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible non-profit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds. more

Notice of Grant Application Submission Period for Florida Communities Trust
Posted June 14, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection will have a Florida Communities Trust Application Submission Period beginning June 17, 2016 and ending at 5:00 pm (EDT) on August 30, 2016. Additional information can be found on our News and Announcements page.

FCT Board Meeting
Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing



The Florida Communities Trust Governing Board announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.

PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Douglas Building, Conference Room A, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Interested parties may participate via conference call by dialing toll-free: 1(888) 670-3525 and entering participant code: 4998182812 then #.
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The FCT Governing Board will consider the minutes from May 26, 2016 meeting and any other business deemed necessary.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Linda Reeves at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grant Programs, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Mail Station #103, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, Telephone 1(850) 245-2702, by emailing Linda.Reeves@dep.state.fl.us. A copy of the agenda may also be obtained FCT Board Agenda Packet.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Linda Reeves using the contact information provided above. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

FCT Board Agenda Packet

FCT Board Slide Presentation

Featured Park

Pear Park, Florida


When the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences began consolidating their Palatka Environmental and Agricultural Reserve research center in Apopka in 1996, local citizens developed a conceptual master plan for the use of the property. Through the Department’s Florida Communities Trust, funding was approved for the PEAR Park Gateway that opens onto 50 acres of live oaks, magnolias and red maples leading to the 263 acres of natural wetlands and multi-use trails along the Palatlakaha River. The park provides habitat for more than 170 bird species, including several endangered and threatened such as the Florida scrub jay. Wildflowers and a butterfly garden attract some 40 species of butterflies. A variety of mammals and reptiles including bobcats, gopher tortoises and river otters find refuge there, while overhead, ospreys, hawks and kestrels gracefully scout for food.
Other amenities at the park include softball and soccer fields, pavilions, several gardens, a dog park, playground and nature center.

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