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
Final Notice of Project Approval and Funding
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: April
27, 2017, 9:30 a.m. NEW DATE
Department of Environmental Protection, Carr Building, Conference
Room 153, 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:
2255967442, then #.
GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE
CONSIDERED: The FCT Governing Board will consider
the minutes from the February 8, 2017, meetings, approval of UA17
final ranking list, amendment and restatement of perpetual
conservation easement and amendment to grant award agreement
submitted by Hillsborough County, and any other business deemed
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,
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
FCT Governing Board Agenda, April 27, 2017 9:30 AM
FCT UA17 Final Ranking List
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.