Project will provide improved public access to region’s coastal resources
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Franklin County, and The Trust for Public Land announce the completion of the Island View Park, which will provide improved public access to the beautiful coastal resources of this region.
Island View Park is a 7.13-acre tract located in Franklin County about one mile east of the city of Carrabelle, with almost 900 feet fronting St. George Sound. The park includes a boardwalk with viewing areas, extensive landscaping with native trees and plants, two long fishing piers, shoreline access for paddle craft, and a central plaza with an information kiosk. Funding for the park amenities, along with 10 years of operation and maintenance funds for the county ($2.6 million), came from an agreement with British Petroleum to conduct restoration projects to address injuries resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to enhance the public’s access to surrounding natural resources and increase recreational opportunities. Additional funding for the Park was also provided by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Use and enjoyment of Florida’s coastal resources are an integral part of Floridians’ lives,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “DEP was proud to partner with Franklin County on the Island View Park project, which will provide the public with a new place to enjoy these unique coastal resources in Franklin County.”
“I have long sought to protect natural areas such as the Island View Park,” Franklin County Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said. “The site is a jewel, the adjacent grass flats are pristine, and the view across the bay to Dog Island is unchanged from thousands of years ago. With this acquisition, time will stand still on a section of the Florida coast.”
“This park both helps to compensate the people of Franklin County from the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and provides a space where people can fish, stroll, kayak and rejuvenate along the picturesque St. George Sound,” said Doug Hattaway, project manager at The Trust for Public Land. “We thank the partnership of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Franklin County for working together to realize this vision.”
This project will enhance and increase the public’s use and enjoyment of the natural resources that were severely impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.
Learn more about Florida’s response and restoration activities resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.