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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
Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve in Volusia County

Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve in Volusia County by Michael Wray


FCT Board Meeting More About
Board Meeting Update

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

DATE AND TIME: April 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Department of Environmental Protection, 3900 Commonwealth Blvd., Douglas Bldg., Conference Room A, Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Interested parties may participate via conference call by dialing toll-free: 1(888)670-3525 and entering participant code: 7020742991#.

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The FCT Governing Board will consider issues relating to approval of the January 22 minutes and any other business the Board may deem necessary.

A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: A. Diane Langston, Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants Programs at 3800 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 103, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (850)245-2702 or Diane.Langston@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: A. Diane Langston, Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants Programs at 3800 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 103, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (850)245-2702 or Diane.Langston@dep.state.fl.us. 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).

For more information, you may contact: A. Diane Langston, Office of Operations, Land and Recreation Grants Programs at 3800 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 103, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, (850)245-2702 or Diane.Langston@dep.state.fl.us.

Featured Park
 
PEAR 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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Last updated: April 02, 2014

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