To celebrate our $75,000 grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources, Friends will hold a Photo Walk at Vista on Friday December 9 from 2:00 to 4:00. The area is closed except during special events such as this one.
We will gather at the River Trail parking area, near Refuge headquarters, off County Road 347 about 1:45. At 2:00, we will walk to the Vista property.
It is a lovely nature walk, even if you don't want to take photos. However, we proclaimed this event as a Photo Walk because, as restoration begins, changes will happen. Some trees need to be removed. Old buildings with no historical value will come down. This is a last chance for photos before any changes commence.
Board members will be at each building to chat about the property and assure that no one enters the buildings, which are not safe for visitors.
There are no restroom facilities in this area. The restoration will need to address that issue.
It will take years and lots more grant funding and philanthropic support to make the area safe and welcoming for visitors. Still, we are enjoying the chance to celebrate each step of the way.
Join us on the Photo Walk. If you get some great pics, we would greatly appreciate your sharing them with Friends and the Refuge.