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Land deal saves Little Tiger Island for conservation

Published on January 25, 2023 at 9:58 am

Nearly a square mile of marsh and uplands facing Fernandina Beach’s historic waterfront is being preserved for conservation after a decision last week by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Cabinet.

The panel approved buying the 565-acre area around Little Tiger Island property as part of the Florida Forever initiative, filling a hole in a chain of preserved land stretching between northeastern Jacksonville and the Georgia state line.

“Little Tiger Island is the final piece of the puzzle to the connection of a network of national and state preserves,” Nassau County Commission Chairman Jeff Gray wrote in an endorsement of the purchase sent to the North Florida Land Trust.

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