DEVELOPER ABANDONS LANDS SWAP PLANS FOR JULINGTON-DURBIN!
You did it! On June 28, Eastland announced that they will no longer pursue plans to build 1400 homes within the Julington-Durbin Preserve, in exchange for property on Black Hammock Island.
In addition, the developer is now working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to potentially sell the Black Hammock Island property to the state for conservation.
Just hours before the announcement, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER and numerous partner organizations submitted a letter to Governor Rick Scott expressing our opposition to the proposed land swap and development of the Preserve. Also, our petition was signed by nearly 6,500 concerned citizens.
We are grateful to all of our partner organizations who worked so hard and all you who voiced your concerns to save Julington-Durbin.
While the Preserve appears to be safe for now, we cannot rest on our laurels. With the rapid growth that is occurring across the state and our watershed, there will only be more pressure in the future to develop our conservation lands.
Let's celebrate for now, but remain vigilant in our efforts to safeguard our precious conservation lands, like Julington-Durbin. I hope to see you at the Celebration Rally on July 14!
You can read more about this fantastic news from WJCT.
Attend the Rally to CELEBRATE our victory and Julington-Durbin Preserve!