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Save the Gladys Douglas Preserve

The Gladys Douglas Preserve is the largest undeveloped sandy ecosystem remaining in North Pinellas County, Florida.  It is home to state-threatened gopher tortoises and the last sand pine rosemary scrub in Pinellas County.  The property consisting of 44 acres of pristine old Florida natural habitat and 55 acre Jerry lake are in danger of being turned into a housing development.  

Local philanthropist Gladys Douglas for years had discussed her desire to sell her land to local government for preservation with proceeds going to local charities. After she died at 95 in July 2019, her family restarted discussions with local government. But with an appraisal topping $11 million, neither the county nor the city made an offer.  At that point the estate agreed to a contract with Pulte Homes to develop the property

Recently, Pulte Homes declined to move forward with the project.  The City of Dunedin and County of Pinellas have a unique second chance to preserve this irreplaceable property for generations to come.  Now the challenge is to secure funding by January, the deadline the estate has given the city of Dunedin and Pinellas County to make an offer before opening the door to developers again.

The City of Dunedin has set aside $2 million for the acquisition and Pinellas County is exploring funding options as well as pursuing grants from the State of Florida.  Additionally, private funds are also being raised.  Recently an anonymous donor agreed to donate $2 million.  But, we need your help to save this property from development.

How Can You Help?

The best way to help is to click on the button below to  visit the Pinellas Community Foundation where you will be able to sign a petition and make a donation to the fund to preserve this unique property.

DONATE NOW

Please click on the button below to make a donation to help preserve the Gladys Douglass Preserve. 

About Joey's Song

Joey's Song is a 501(c)(3) whose main mission is to raise awareness and money for research in Epilepsy.

Additionally, we encourage our board members and volunteers to engage in other local community charitable causes.  It is the right thing to do for our local communities and it also widens our contacts within the charitable community and allows us to introduce Joey's Song to a wider pool of potential donors.