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Anonymous $500,000 gift helps pay for saving American Beach dune

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
The North Florida Land Trust agreed to buy about 1.5 acres of the "Nana" dune complex at American Beach in Nassau County.

An anonymous patron has given a Jacksonville nonprofit $500,000 to help retire a roughly $1.3 million debt it incurred buying part of the “NaNa” dune system in Nassau County’s American Beach.

“We are very grateful to the donor for giving us this large sum to get us closer to our goal,” North Florida Land Trust President Jim McCarthy said in an announcement about the gift.

The land trust is still trying to raise $150,000 to pay off its debt for 1.55 acres on “Little NaNa,” across a small street from “Big NaNa,” the tallest dune on Florida’s coastline and owned by the National Park Service.

Read the rest of the story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.