Save the Gladys Douglas Hackworth Property

Help preserve this critically endangered natural habitat.

The City of Dunedin and Pinellas County now have until January 18, 2021 to make an offer on this property.  Funds are now the biggest hurdle.  Please make a donation today!  Donation should be made via Pinellas Community Foundation at https://pinellascf.org/save-the-gladys-douglas-preserve/

GDP

Blue-Green Connections is working with a coalition of other organizations and individuals to preserve the Gladys Douglas Property, a pristine 44-acre piece of natural Florida that is the last remaining critically endangered rosemary scrub habitat in Pinellas County and in fact one of the rarest habitats in all of Florida. This property, located at 1900 Virginia Avenue N. in Dunedin, Florida, together with the adjacent 54 acre Jerry Lake, could provide an expansive green space for Pinellas residents and protect the species that call it home.

In addition, this green space provides a number of “free” natural services to the community which assist in its resiliency including:

  • Ground water recharging
  • flood control
  • air quality improvements
  • wind calming
  • water filtration

These services are especially important to counter the effects of the extensive surrounding of asphalt, concrete and other impermeable surfaces that divert storm water runoff into our natural water bodies.  In hurricanes, open tree scapes like this absorb storm energy reducing damage to adjacent developments. Developments make storms worse by creating artificial acceleration corridors for wind and sluice ways for surging water.

 

Hear words of wisdom directly from Dr. Sylvia Earle regarding this property at 1:23:35 from our recent panel discussion...

Help preserve this critically endangered natural habitat.

The City of Dunedin and Pinellas County now have until January 18, 2021 to make an offer on this property.  Funds are now the biggest hurdle.  Please make a donation today!  Donation should be made via Pinellas Community Foundation at https://pinellascf.org/save-the-gladys-douglas-preserve/