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.