Author Topic: J.E. Davis National Park, Jacksonville's Best Idea?  (Read 21144 times)


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Re: J.E. Davis National Park, Jacksonville's Best Idea?
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2009, 06:07:04 PM »
Instead of a Nat'l park, set aside some of the land for a tropical gardens and arboretum.
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Re: J.E. Davis National Park, Jacksonville's Best Idea?
« Reply #31 on: July 02, 2010, 12:44:45 AM »
Given recent area events further depreciating our area's natural environment, this idea bears a repeat review.

"The National Parks, America's Best Idea", a 6 part Ken Burns documentary starting tomorrow night at 8 PM on PBS and continuing through Friday night, promises to greatly boost American's appreciation of our national (and, hopefully, our state and local) parks and monuments.

Having visited some of our great western parks, such as Yosemite and Yellowstone, it's too bad more of the eastern U.S. hasn't been equally well preserved.  I am thinking that aside from the Everglades and the Smoky Mountains/Shenandoah Valley, we don't have nearly the expansive public lands preserved that the west has.

Locally, I think it would be great if someone would approach the Davis family about purchasing/donating their remaining tens of thousands of acres of their Dee Dot ranch and Nocatee properties for a really special preservation of what's left of historic and natural "old" Florida.  Combined with the Timucuan preserve, Jacksonville could have its own version of the "Yellowstone of the East"  which would also serve as a great tourist draw.  For the Davis Family, it would become an indelible legacy left for Florida and Jacksonville that would be remembered and appreciated far beyond their family businesses such as Winn-Dixie, American Heritage, Nocatee, and Pablo Creek.

For what it's worth, the Rockefeller Family did much to boost many of our national parks including buying up some 200,000 plus acres which they donated to the U.S. to create the Grand Teton National Park.  They also created St. John, Virgin Islands, National Park.  Several National Parks have tributes to them.

James Ellsworth "J.E." Davis, one of the four brothers who founded Winn-Dixie and the one who emerged as the family leader, focused on accumulating property -- 51,000 acres of which is known as the Dee Dot Ranch in southeastern Duval County and northeastern St. Johns County. But his descendants appear to be divesting themselves of those holdings.


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Re: J.E. Davis National Park, Jacksonville's Best Idea?
« Reply #32 on: November 05, 2018, 11:10:17 AM »
Old Florida.  As a native Floridian, who's family line goes all the way back to the first Seminole War, we have decided over many years of Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meals, that the real problem with Florida started with the invention of the affordable room air conditioner.  You want FLA to be the largest National Park in the land?  outlaw AC.

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Re: J.E. Davis National Park, Jacksonville's Best Idea?
« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2019, 08:48:00 AM »
Even in the face of championing National Parks the National Forest lands often adjacent to National Park boundary are hardly noted.

In Northeast Florida "Pine Plantations",'Working Lands',Agriculture and Ranch are the key reasons these lands remain undeveloped today.

One "Sector Plan" after another accommodating future development vesting we see promotions of lands "Preserved" which basically equates to preserving the preserved-vast wetland belts. Dryer lands,uplands rare and a key component of natural landscape function and 'value'.

National Park implementation is a curious rambling conversation,the real need in the Jacksonville area is to pursue the Ocala National Forest to Osceola National Forest Corridor ('O2O'),Northeast Florida Timberland Reserve and a host of other projects and elements.

The pause in Florida's environmental land purchase and management program has been definitive in lost opportunity- I suggest these matters take precedence over aspirations for National Park lands expansion.

And monitor regional and county land use plans for substantial deviations altering elements of existing Ag and Conservation.
Most citizens would be amazed that the visual landscape we see now might not what be what you get,or perhaps even sold on,future growth vested yet not yet progressing to bulldozer on site.
I was one of the first to be alerted to Nocatee years ago before the name of the development was unveiled; noted a curious future projection proposal for St Augustine Road extension.