The Florida Division of Historical Resources has selected Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs to receive a grant to begin repairs on at least one historical building on the Vista property near Refuge headquarters. The State will provide $60,000 for the project and Friends agreed to match that with $15,000 raised elsewhere. Thus, the total amount for this part of the project is $75,000. That will not be enough to make the building fully functional, but it will move us much closer to being able to use the building for Friends and Refuge activities.
This is the second grant Friends received from the State for Vista. The first, in 2019, was a planning grant of $50,000 that resulted in a Historic Structure Assessment Report evaluating the historical, cultural, and structural characteristics of the property, including many current and historic photos.
Scroll down to the description of Vista on the Places of Interest tab for additional background.
Scroll down in the post about the 2020 Annual Meeting and Walk to Vista for photos of Friends members visiting the site.
Scroll thru the 2022 Annual Meeting post for photos of Sandra Roe Smith turning over a symbolic key to the property to Refuge Manager Andrew Gude.