One of the newest Riverkeepers in America's oldest city! Building on decades of community effort, Matanzas Riverkeeper fights to protect and defend one of Florida's last best rivers and the remarkable Matanzas River Watershed. We're a proud member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Help ensure VICTORY FOR PELLICER CREEK & MATANZAS RIVER!
Matanzas Riverkeeper, SACA, Florida Wildlife Federation, Friends of Matanzas, and others are fighting to protect Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River from the destructive Kings Grant Project.
Join us August 4th. This item is scheduled 2nd on the Agenda so it should be heard soon after the 9 am start. Please attend if you can and use your 3 minutes of public hearing time to speak out against destruction of our waters.
This from David Pops Wiles: "On August 4th, the St. Johns County Commission will be considering the appeal of Kings Grant developers to build 999 residences, a hospital, an assisted living home, among other facilities on the northwest corner of SR 206 and I-95.
The St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Board rejected this Kings Grant proposal, but the SJC Commissioners will hear the developer’s appeal August 4th.
SACA vigorously encourages your attendance August 4th, to either speak or register your opposition to this proposed development. For over a year SACA, along with other local groups, has strongly opposed this development for the following reasons: inappropriate leapfrogging development in an area of agriculture and silviculture, density’s extraordinary impact on transportation and schools, locating in the largest water recharge area in St. Johns County and without any infrastructure.
Kings Grant would be the first step in further development of the SR 206 corridor, similar to that along the northwest SR 210 corridor. No development should be approved before consideration of a long range vision for the south part of the county."
Is this developer feeling the heat?
The request appeal originally scheduled for July 21st was cancelled. At the previous PZA hearing on 6/4/2015, St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency voted 4-3 to recommend denial of King's Grant PUD! Read all about it in the St Aug Record.
at the hearing we observed: Jane West is magnificent! Sarah Owens rocked it! Thanks to all that came, and spoke out against this bad development! Jacob Hamilton, Hunter Miller, Jlee, EYC brothers and sisters, huge victory for the community!
"...This 1500-acre pristine preserve is located at the confluence of Pellicer Creek and the Matanzas River. Adjacent to the preserve is the Pellicer Creek Conservation Area with many marshes and wonderful places to kayak. The county just agreed to build tourist-ready cottages here, which has raised some debate as to the potential footprint eco-tourism will leave. More worrisome are plans that have not yet been approved to build 900 homes along Pellicer Creek, which would significantly impact the watershed."
YES to preservation! NO Seismic Testing
'The Atlantic Coast is the new frontier of oil and gas exploration, and the first step on that tragic pathway is seismic airgun blasting.'
Read our riverkeeper's guest column and a voice in support from former CEO Associated Industries of Florida (who knows BOEM regulators do "not deny that the noise from seismic testing could disrupt animal life but conclude testing is more an annoyance rather than injury").
We believe the head-in-the-sand approach to environmental destruction is not a good policy decision.
Images from the March for Ocean Justice
Thanks to Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, Sierra Club & all the groups and concerned citizens that joined the March for Ocean Justice on March 7th.
Much love our my brothers and sisters at Environmental Youth Council. Jorge, thanks to you and FirstCoast.tv for beautiful video coverage of the speakers + march.