CURRENT CONSERVATION PROPERTIES
Big Celebration Held Jan. 12, 2020
Bocilla Islands Conservancy had much to celebrate. The afternoon began with a ribbon cutting ceremony on our newest (and 9th) conservation property at 181 Bocilla Drive. The purchase of this land was made possible in part by a $20,000 grant from the
The group then moved to the Eco-Environmental Island Conservancy Property at
160 Gasparilla Way. Volunteers who worked on improvements for this property were thanked and our newly published children's book,
How the NoNO Gnome Forest Came to Be, was introduced.
This was followed by a Thank You Garden Party for all of our supporters.
The Ribbon Cutting 181 Bocilla Drive
The Eco-Environmental Property
Kjell Plotkin gives the update on property improvements and recognizes the many volunteers who have made it possible
The Conservancy has received it's very first fully donated land acquisition. It is located on Thornton Key. Thank you to Brian Cooper for this generous gift.
Other Recent Conservation Easements
30 Palm Drive--Made possible through gifts from a neighborhood initiative and your Conservancy
2019 Christine Way (The Preserve)--Made possible through a generous gift
from Pat and Jim Gordon
160 Gasparilla Way
On April 11, 2019, a creative group of painters turned the former stumps of invasive Brazilian Pepper trees (the No No's) into an enchanted "No, No Gnome Forest" on the 160 Gasparilla Way lot. They even created colorful insects along the path. This is just one more step in the development of an interactive nature walk. A Gnome house and other final touches will appear in the near future.
On the same day, another group of volunteers mounted bat houses, screech owl nesting houses and bird houses. Paths have been laid, native plants have been planted and more interactive projects are planned. Stop by the lot and walk around! Watch for the final dedication and grand opening in January.
Gnome Painting April, 2019
Setting the Entrance Arbor Feb. 2019
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held January 20, 2019 followed by a Thank You Garden Party for all donors and supporters. Plans were revealed for an interactive nature walk with learning opportunities. Volunteers are welcome and needed to help develop "Come Walk With Us".
Our board members and volunteers hard at work clearing invasive species and trash from Gasparilla Way
Thank you to Dave Brown Landscaping for the chipper
140 N. Gulf Blvd.
The conservation easement at 140 N. Gulf Blvd. was made possible by a generous donation of land by the Zody family. The ribbon cutting was celebrated with brunch and mimosas on March 4, 2018.
26 and 28 Palm Drive
On February 3, 2018, another ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the second Conservancy conservation easement at 26 and 28 Palm Drive on Knight Island. This land acquisition purchase was made possible by donations from Conservancy members and fundraisers.
Thanks to the volunteers who came out on Dec. 22, 2018 to help clear our conservation easements on Palm Drive!
21 Cole Place
At high noon on January 29, 2017, Islanders gathered for the ribbon cutting of the Bocilla Islands Conservancy Inc.'s first conservation easement property--21 Cole Place Don Pedro Island.
With champagne and music, this acquisition was celebrated as former US Senator Connie Mack III cut the ceremonial green ribbon held by the Bocilla Islands Conservancy Inc. board members.
A spontaneous matching funds challenge went out and over $4,ooo was raised for the goal of preserving green space on the Bocilla Islands Chain.