Florida

Escribano Point Photo credit: Kevin L. McDonald/ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Throughout its vibrant history, the Sunshine State has attracted visitors and newcomers from around the world. As Florida confronts new environmental challenges, The Trust for Public Land is working hard to preserve the places that make the state so special. Since opening our Florida office in 1975, we've helpted to more than double park acreage in Jacksonville, expand access to the Miami River, and protect critical wetland habitat along the coast.

Local offices

8603 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 410 | Miami, Florida  33143
Phone: (305) 667-0409 | Email Address: soflorida@tpl.org
306 North Monroe Street| | Tallahassee, Florida  32301
Phone: (850) 222-7911 | Email Address: florida@tpl.org

Explore Our Work

 

Florida projects

Projects (sorted alphabetically):

American Beach, Florida

In 2004, TPL purchased the historic Evans' Rendezvous nightclub at American Beach on Amelia Island and held it until Nassau County could acquire funds to protect it as a cultural center and historic park.

Broward House, Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: April Curtain

In 2004, TPL conveyed the historic Broward House to the National Park System as an addition to the Timucuan Trail State and National Parks, where it will serve as a gateway to historic Fort George Island and the parks.

Caribbean Gardens, Florida

We helped protect this historic zoo and botanical gardens in Naples, Florida. In addition to the 50 acres housing the zoo and gardens, the county protected 80 acres that will eventually be used as a "Central Park" for fast-growing Naples.

Overtown Playground, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

TPL works to conserve land to create new parks in areas that are park deficient, expand established parks, and obtain private in-holdings in existing parks to make them whole.

Dinky Line Trail, Florida

This 0.72-mile-long corridor, located north of Lake Highland and known as The Dinky Line, runs between the city’s downtown urban core and Loch Haven Park—home to art museums, performing arts theaters and a science center.

Everglades National Park, Florida

Over the years, The Trust for Public Land has added 48,000 acres to Everglades National Park, permanently safeguarding critical habitat area from development.

Fort Brooke Park, Florida

The Trust for Public Land purchased this park land for downtown Tampa in 1999, the first site acquired as part of the city's plan to integrate its waterfront parks into a connected system.

Fort Mose, Florida. Photo: Mark Grandin

In 2004, TPL worked with the Fort Mose Historical Society, St. Johns County, and the City of St. Augustine to acquire an eight-acre addition to Ft. Mose Historic State Park

Keewaydin Island, FL

Keewaydin Island is one of southwest Florida's largest unbridged barrier islands, popular for its pristine beaches and excellent fishing.

Key West Custom House, Florida

Using funds from the Florida's Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) program, TPL saved this historic landmark from development as a private yacht club.

Lake Eola Park, Florida

The Trust for Public Land is helping the city of Orlando expand the city's well-loved Lake Enola Park.

Broward House, Jacksonville, Florida. Photo: April Curtain

From iconic theme parks to historic homes of Florida's founding fathers, TPL works with communities to protect these extraordinary places.

McKee Botanical Garden, Florida

The Trust for Public Land purchased the remaining 18 acres of this former tropical roadside attraction in a cooperative project with Indian River Land Trust.

Local residents try out the new Fitness Zone equpment at Leisure Lake Park, Miami Dade

The Trust for Public Land is partnering with the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department to build new Fitness Zone® installations in West Perrine Park, Oak Grove Park, Leisure Lakes Park, and Martin Luther King Park.

Miami River Greenway

The Miami Greenway's 5.5 miles of parks, playgrounds and pathways, once complete, will be perfect for strolling, cycling, or taking in the rhythm of the river.

Overtown Playground, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

In 2002, TPL purchased two vacant lots adjacent to a YWCA for the first new community designed playground, which the YWCA will maintain and operate under lease from Miami-Dade County.

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Fitness Zone installation

The Trust for Public Land is working with local nonprofits and government agencies to create parks that will transform urban Miami into a green, livable, and healthy city.

Pinellas Trail, FL

In 2005, TPL purchased a two-mile corridor from CSX Transportation, Inc. that brought the Pinellas Trail into downtown St. Petersburg, creating a safe, convenient route for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel in and out of downtown.

Snake Warrior Island, FL

In 1991 archeological excavations unearthed artifacts establishing Snake Warrior's Island as the site of the home of Chief Chitto Tustenugee, or "Snake Warrior," and his tribe, who inhabited the area in the early 1800s

St. Mary's Shoals, Florida. Photo: Russell Grace

Residents of Florida's Baker County have long wanted improved access to the St. Mary's, one of Florida's cleanest rivers. So when a 1,600-acre riverfront property came on the market and was eyed by developers, Baker County asked TPL to help secure the land for a public park.

Stallworth Lake, Florida. Photo: Glenda Woods

In 2003, TPL helped protect nearly 3 acres of beachfront as an addition to the Stallworth Lake Preserve, a popular destination on the beaches of South Walton County. This property also serves as a buffer for the fragile coastal dune lake ecosystem.

Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

Located on Sugarloaf Key, the Sammy family's 2-acre property was home for decades to a small fishing camp and marina, and later, a filming location for the movie Miami Vice.

Thomas Creek, FL

The Battle of Thomas Creek, the southernmost battle of the Revolutionary War, took place here in what is now Jacksonville, Florida.

Miami River Greenway, Florida. Photo: Michael Wray

In Florida and across the country, TPL works together with CSX Railroad to turn abandoned rail beds into trails for walking, biking, skate boarding, and other outdoor activities.

Sugarloaf Key, Florida.

Florida boasts over 1,350 miles of coastline and protecting these shorelines is of the highest priority to The Trust for Public Land in Florida, and in fact, over 90% of our conservation work to date has been along our shores.

Weaver Park, Florida

Owned and managed by the City of Dunedin, Weaver Park opened to the public in 2011. TPL helped save this property, which features more than 12 acres of undeveloped coastal vista—some of the last in Dunedin—and serves one of the country's most densely populated counties.

West Perrine Park Fitness Zone, Florida

The Trust for Public Land has been working to bring Fitness Zone® installations to parks across the nation and established the first one in Miami-Dade County in July 2012.