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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

FCT UA17 Final Notice of Project Approval and Funding

FCT Board Meeting

Notice of Meeting/Workshop Hearing


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

DATE AND TIME: August 17, 2017, 9:30 a.m.

PLACE: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Douglas Building, Conference Room A/B, 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: 2255967442, then #.

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The FCT Governing Board will consider the minutes from the June 15, 2017, meeting and 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 meeting/workshop is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the meeting/workshop 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 Governing Board Agenda, August 17, 2017

FCT UA17 Final Ranking List

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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