About Matanzas Riverkeeper

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.

Contact Name: Neil A. Armingeon, Matanzas Riverkeeper
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Tel: (904) 471-9878
Category: Common Interest > Current Events

Good News for the Matanzas River

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted to deny the zoning change for the parcel of land adjacent to the Matanzas River. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Bennett, Morris, and McClure voted to protect the health of the Matanzas and the open shellfish leases. 

Thanks to them for their thoughtful decision and thank all of you for your efforts supporting our fight.

These are hard times for Florida’s natural resources. Our community is blessed to be home to one of only two healthy coastal river systems in the state. Together,  with your help, we commit to doing everything in our power to protect the Matanzas--Florida’s last, best river.

Read more about why Matanzas Riverkeeper opposed both the rezoning and variance requests

Thanks to all in my adopted City of St. Augustine who marched today for Future Generations. It was a beautiful day with many positives. Thanks to the students from The Montessori School and their teacher, Melanie Knezich. Your courage and words, and those beautiful sunflowers, were such an inspiration. Hunter Miller, EYC, and Bill Hamilton, thanks for helping us all reach a better place. Dan Tonsmeire, thank you brother for the effort. Jacob Hamilton, is there anything more energizing than a drum line with earnest drummers?  Photo

Matanzas River Oral History Project

We are excited to have the support of the Florida Humanities Council and their mini-grant to help start a new oral history project on Florida's last, best river. 

This project will document and preserve the lived experiences, recollections, and impressions of the people whose lives and work on the Matanzas River have shaped the cultural landscape of our region.  Together, Matanzas Riverkeeper Neil Armingeon, Anna Hamilton of Watershed Radio and photographer Walter Coker will create an audio/visual history of our unique, precious resource.

Watch Neil and Anna discuss the Matanzas and this project on the Going Green segment courtesy of TVJax or listen to the entire broadcast on WJCT's First Coast Connect.

Take a {virtual} trip on the Matanzas

Beautiful photos and descriptions of the Matanzas by photographer Lynn Buchanan.  Check out her blog about visiting our last best Florida river.  Here's an excerpt about Princess Place Preserve:

"...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."

Keep in Touch

at Genung's Fish Camp
291 Cubbedge Road

St Augustine, FL 32080

(904) 471-9878  

Conservation Lands

Anna Hamilton's Watershed Radio is a monthly podcast about Florida's changing environment.  Episode 9 "This is Home" was produced deep in the heart of Matanzas Watershed!

Give it a listen to Wayne Smith of Hastings talk about the importance of conservation.


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