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Portion Of Small Islands On Intracoastal Will Be Preserved

This map and aerial photograph shows the boundaries of the Small Islands.
North Florida Land Trust
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This map and aerial photograph shows the boundaries of the Small Islands. Click the image to enlarge it.

The North Florida Land Trust has bought part of a Jacksonville Beach-area island chain to protect the undeveloped property’s islands and saltmarsh.

The nonprofit Land Trust took title to about 28 acres of the Small Islands within the Intracoastal Waterway after collecting more than $30,000 from a fundraising drive.  The acreage is adjacent to Jacksonville Beach’s Cradle Creek Preserve. 

The group is still trying to buy the rest of the 245-acre island chain, and it used the purchase as an occasion to raise the rest of the $350,000 it needs.

It's the first step in a series of purchases the trust hopes to make to ensure the Small Islands in the Intracoastal Waterway aren't developed.

Michelle Corum can be reached at mcorum@wjct.org, 904-358-6308 or on Twitter at @MCorumonME.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.