North American Land Trust partners with the City of Naples and The Athens Group to protect open spaces on Florida’s Gulf Coast

We are pleased to help the City of Naples achieve its goal of forever protecting this important community resource from future development of housing or commercial space.

—Steven Carter, NALT President

CHADDS FORD, Pa., USA, June 7, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The North American Land Trust (NALT) today announced that it recently reached an agreement with the Naples, Florida City Council and The Athens Group to permanently protect 104.6 acres along Florida’s Gulf Coast for recreation and open space through a conservation easement.

“We are pleased to help the City of Naples achieve its goal of forever protecting this important community resource from future development of housing or commercial space,” said NALT President Steven Carter. “This is great news for the citizens of Naples, many of whom have expressed their support for the protection of this vulnerable open space.”

Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann said, “The conservation easement identifies the North American Land Trust as the conservation easement holder and gives the city enforcement rights as successor holder. We are proud to partner with NALT for the registration of the conservation easement.

The Athens group agreed in 2019 to create a perpetual easement as part of its redevelopment plan for the former Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. According to the plan, the conservation easement will forever protect approximately 84% of the 125-acre property as open space and recreation.

“The conservation easement is the result of a complex, innovative, and historic collaboration, by a dedicated team comprised of The Athens Group, the City of Naples, and the North American Land Trust,” said Jay Newman, director of the promoter’s operation. “It will serve as a proud legacy for generations of Naples residents to come, as well as a model of conservation and collaboration for other communities.”

Carter said Ken Hart of Ausley McMullen, a law firm hired by the city council, contacted NALT in early 2021 saying the city was looking for an experienced land trust to work with the council. municipal and the developer on a conservation easement. Carter said Naples City Council was looking to hire a professional land trust to add an extra layer of protection to the golf course and open space.

As a national land trust, NALT partners with municipalities across the country to permanently protect environmental, historic, agricultural and scenic conservation areas. For each easement, NALT’s field biologists and conservation experts study the land to establish and record the environmental qualities of the conserved land. NALT conservation experts then monitor conservation areas to ensure conditions preventing development are met.

NALT protects over 136,000 acres in 550 conservation areas in 24 states. Conservation easements place permanent restrictions on development acts and have been authorized under state and federal law for nearly 50 years.

For more information about NALT and its conservation work, visit: https://northamericanlandtrust.org/

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Sean Connolly
North American Land Trust
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