Preserve the Gladys Douglas Property and Save the Scrub! #savethegdp

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The Douglas Estate, located at 1900 Virginia Avenue N, is a remarkable 44-acre piece of natural Florida and should be preserved in order to provide much needed green space for Pinellas County residents and to protect the last remaining critically endangered scrub habitat in the County. In Clearwater and Dunedin, there are few acres of undeveloped land accessible to the public. Philanthropist Gladys Douglas intended to leave the property in its natural state as a preserve and we encourage you to work together to find a solution so that her wish is fulfilled. 

There is not another natural area of this size in North Pinellas County. Especially when considered with the adjoining Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) properties and lake comprising approximately 144 acres of unspoiled acres, far greater in collective value in its natural state than as a development. Of particular consequence is the rarity of this natural Florida scrub; it may be preserved but it cannot be recreated. The loss of this habitat is inconceivable by responsible citizens and elected officials who understand the many values of biodiversity and nature in creating community. Pinellas County has $15 million budgeted for preservation since 2018, yet no properties have been purchased since 2008. The legacy of Pinellas County of approving rare and endangered land for development will be remembered by members of our community and the voting citizens of Pinellas County. 

This property should and must be preserved. This is a rare opportunity for Pinellas County to create a significant natural preserve, a wise and absolutely correct decision which will be widely celebrated. Please do everything in your power to preserve this property.