North Florida Land Trust cancels Jazz’N September 16 to save Little NaNa due to COVID concerns – Florida Trend

North Florida Land Trust has canceled its next fundraising event in historic American Beach due to concerns over increasing cases of COVID-19. The land conservation nonprofit had planned an event on September 16 to provide an opportunity for people to learn about the ecological significance of American Beach and the Little NaNa Dune system and to collect donations. funds to repay a loan obtained to save the development dune system.

“We thought it was best to cancel the event to keep everyone safe, but we are available to anyone with questions or wanting to help us save Little NaNa,” said Jim McCarthy, NFLT President. . “This historic community means a lot to so many people and its protection not only protects the earth’s heritage, but also the natural benefits it provides. We are now ready to fundraise to repay the loan and we could really use the help from the community. “

NFLT took out a $ 1.255 million loan to purchase three plots of land that are part of the Little NaNa Dune system and are at risk of being developed. The organization has raised funds through its Amelia Forever campaign, but still needs approximately $ 668,000 to repay the loan. The Delores Barr Weaver Fund has issued a 2: 1 Challenge Grant that will provide $ 125,000 to the nonprofit after raising $ 250,000. NFLT has created a video that provides information on efforts to save Little NaNa Dune, which can be viewed at https://www.nflt.org/ameliaforever/.

Little NaNa Dune is part of the NaNa Dune system which is an important habitat for waffle turtles and migratory birds. Land Protection connects the 1.55 acres to the 8.5-acre NaNa Dune, Florida’s tallest dune. NaNa Dune was added to the National Park Service’s Timucuan Ecological and Historical Reserve in 2004. American Beach was founded in 1935 to give African Americans access to a beach during days of segregation. In 2002, the original beach property was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places and the American Beach Museum opened in 2014.

Donations can be made to the Amelia Forever Campaign at www.nflt.org/ameliaforever or by check to North Florida Land Trust with the memo: Amelia Forever and mailed to 843 W Monroe Street, Jacksonville FL 32202. For more information on donations, contact the NFLT office at 904-479-1967 or [email protected]

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