We are raising funds to help purchase the Our Lady of Lourdes property adjacent to Hammock Park. Any money not required to fund that purchase will be used for improvements in Hammock Park.
Let Commissioner Eggers (District 4) know he has YOUR support to choose the OLL property purchase as a worthwhile ecological greenspace cause for BP Economic Settlement funding. The Board of County Commissioner's Work Session is July 12, at the Clearwater courthouse. More Info »
A 7.41 acre wooded parcel (mesic hammock and scrubby flatwoods) directly abutting the southern border of Hammock Park, including Gopher Trail, is owned by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. A contract to develop the land is now underway that will allow developer Taylor Morrison Homes to build 60 town homes on the property. However — to do so — the developer must get a zoning change to build multi-family units on land now zoned single family homes. The City of Dunedin had the opportunity to purchase the property and declined.
The Friends of the Hammock and the City's Hammock Advisory Committee asked the City to negotiate a price and acquire the acreage for the Hammock. The City declined to proceed.
The Friends of the Hammock holds the position that the City should deny any rezoning that would destroy old growth trees, remove the endangered gopher tortoise population inhabiting the land and disrupt wildlife and negatively impact the neighboring community. We urge the City to purchase this property for the Hammock!
Please help us by signing our petition to let our City leaders know what is important to you, the community, and our future.
Current City Commission for the City of Dunedin:
- Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski Email
- Commissioner Heather GracyEmail
- Commissioner John Tornga Email
- Commissioner Deborah Kynes Email
- Vice-Mayor Bruce Livingston Email
- Email the Commission
News on This Issue:
Stories that caught our eye
Taylor Morrison Drops Tides GC Development Plans
Neighbors, environmentalists applaud deal to buy land near Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Friends of the Hammock Winning the War on Air Potatoes
People and Trees: An Intimate Connection
This is Your Brain on Nature, January 2016
The Friends of the Hammock is a non-profit group created in 1995 to help provide support for educational, beautification, management and charitable programs associated with the Park. We meet concurrently with the Hammock Advisory Committee which was formed in 1964 as a way for citizens to assist in reviewing conditions and in making recommendations to the City Commission. Since the Advisory Committee is comprised of 7 members, the FOTH was formed to provide an outlet to the many other people who want to be involved.
For a list of park facilities, please refer to the City's guide here. More information and history can be found in the Hammock Library.
2016 Friends of the Hammock Directors and Board Members
President: Sue Humphreys
|Board Members: Bob Davison, Nancy Davison, Steve Fasnacht, Jeff Gow, Sue Gow, Ellie Keithly, James Polgar, Margie Sullivan, Susan Wallace|