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
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
|C L O S
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
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
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The Florida Communities Trust Governing Board announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: February 8, 2017, 9:30 a.m. until business is concluded
PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Carr Building,
Conference Room 170, 3800 Commonwealth Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Interested parties
may participate via conference call by dialing toll-free: 1(888)670-3525 and entering
participant code: 7143715341, then #.
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The FCT Governing Board will
consider the minutes from November 17, 2016 meeting, rank and select UA17 projects for funding,
and conduct any other business deemed necessary.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Linda Reeves, Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grant Programs, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd.,
Mail Station 103, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (850)245-2702, Linda.Reeves@dep.state.fl.us.
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 Unique Abilities Cycle UA17 – Total Scores Report
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.