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.
VICTORY in a battle FOR PELLICER CREEK & MATANZAS RIVER!
With your help, on Tuesday, September 15th the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 to DENY the proposed King's Grant PUD application.Over 30 citizens stood & spoke, asking them to vote NO on Kings Grant! Many more contacted the Board by email or phone and together our voices tipped the scale. Commissioners Bill McClure, Jeb Smith and Jay Morris voted to deny the rezoning email these county commissioners Read more at St Augustine Record
Kings Grant WAS a proposed 772 acre planned unit development (PUD) in south St. Johns County at I-95 and SR 206. The PUD would have brought 999 homes, and 210,000 ft2 of commercial including a hotel, medical facilities and other commercial to the last undeveloped, rural portion of the county and added a financial burden to taxpayers, overwhelmed local traffic, and crowded nearby schools.
Because of our efforts and the support of the majority of commissioners, King's Grant will not negatively impact the Matanzas River and Pellicer Creek--designated as an Outstanding Florida Water and an Aquatic Preserve. The proposed KG development is located within a St. Johns River Water Management District and St. Johns County designated aquifer recharge area. St. Johns County Utility had proposed to operate a wastewater treatment facility (WWT) that will not have discharge point but rather a system that is dependent upon land application of treated wastewater. The overflow would have flowed to Crescent Lake in Putnam County, a waterbody that is listed as impaired for nutrients.
The proposed density would produce a large amount of stormwater runoff that more than likely would flow to either the Pellicer Creek and/or Matanzas River. Matanzas Riverkeeper believes the proposed WWT system for KG, and the subsequent stormwater runoff, would exacerbate the bacteria and nutrient pollution problem in Pellicer Creek and could potentially impact/threaten the open oyster/clam beds in the Matanzas River.
The SJC Planning and Zoning Board twice rejected Kings Grant’s proposal and recommended denying the permit. 3 County Commissioners voted NO on Sept 15, 2015 because the commissioners heard from (and some listened to) citizens like you who vocally oppose the Kings Grant project and Jacksonville developers! To thank them, you can call or email the county commissioners.
"...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.