Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy (FNCC) held its annual membership meeting at the Island Hotel on Feb. 23. At the meeting, local businessman Ronnie Taylor was presented with FNCC’s Conservation Award for his contributions to land preservation in the Cedar Keys area. Taylor, through the Cedar Key Development Company, granted the FNCC a permanent conservation easement for the Railroad Trestle Trail. The Trail is about a quarter of a mile long and begins at the corner of State Road 24 and Grove Street. The Trail is jointly maintained by the City of Cedar Key and the FNCC and is a popular walking destination for both locals and tourists. The Trail’s annual member cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 8. Any and all help would be appreciated.
Taylor is also responsible for the FNCC receiving title to 450 acres of marsh and uplands on both sides of State Road 24 just outside of town. This area (Section 29) provides important habitat for a wide variety of bird and marine life and is now held permanently in the public interest.
Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy is a non-profit land trust with a 501(c) 3 designation from the Internal Revenue Service. Membership forms and additional information about their activities are available at its web site (floridasnaturecoastconservancy.org).