Thanks to a recent gift from the Hudsons . . . former Friends' president Bob and long-time Friends' volunteer Barbara . . . Friends has reached its goal of $15,000 needed to match the Vista grant from the State of Florida Division of Historical Resources. We are more than grateful to them and to the late Richey Smith who gave us the boat which seeded this matching fund.
The grant funding and matching grant will be used to stabilize the old Cook's House and get it out of the weather with a new roof and windows. Friends and the Refuge look forward to having this building be a Visitor Services Station when it is fully renovated and safe.
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