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Florida Communities Trust Highlights

News - Visit this page to get the latest information about the Florida Communities Trust Parks and Open Space and Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts programs.


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.

Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program

The Parks and Open Space Florida Forever grant program assists the Department of Environmental Protection in helping communities meet the challenges of growth, supporting viable community development and protecting natural resources and open space. The program receives 21 percent Florida Forever appropriation.

Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program

The creation of the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program by the 2008 Florida Legislature acknowledges the importance of the traditional seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries in Florida. The program receives 2.5 percent of the total Florida Forever appropriation.

Florida Communities Trust projects play a significant role in improving the quality of life of Florida's residents. The local and regional parks funded by the Trust's Parks and Open Space grant program also help to promote economic growth and revitalization in local communities through nature based tourism. To learn more about Florida's industries and how Florida Communities Trust fits into the state's economic fabric, please visit the Enterprise Florida website.

Barr Hammock Ledwith Prairie in Alachua County

Barr Hammock Ledwith Prairie in Alachua County
--photographer : Larry Kohrnak


Florida Forever

The Florida Forever Act provides for land acquisition to protect environmentally significant lands, to protect ground and surface water, to provide high quality recreational opportunities in urban areas, and to help local governments implement their comprehensive plans. Florida Communities Trust is one of several state agencies that receive money from the Florida Forever Program. Our other partner agencies in land acquisition are the following (external websites open in a new window):

Statutes and rules that govern the Florida Communities Trust and its programs:
Other Florida Forever Programs in the Department of Environmental Protection
Water Management Districts:

Other Florida Forever state agency partners

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For more information, contact Bryan Bradner, Director, Office of Operations/ Land and Recreation

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