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The "Public Trust Doctrine" is an ancient legal doctrine dating back to the Roman Code of Justinian in 539 A.D. and holds that public lands and waters are held in trust for the use of all people. The doctrine has withstood the test of time and even became codified in the Florida Constitution in 1970.

The primary focus of the Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida is to uphold this doctrine through the zealous protection of the City of Jacksonville's Preservation Project and other federal and state protected lands and waters.

Commonly known as the "Public Trust," we pursue legal means, including litigation if necessary, to protect and preserve the public lands and waters. Additionally, we support the education of political leaders, government officials and citizens by participating in speaking engagements and writing articles and letters. The Public Trust also promotes the use and enjoyment of land and waters within the public trust..

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Our Executive Director, Andy Miller, spoke to the Sierra Club last night about Jacksonville's tree protection laws as well as the problems with both past enforcement and how the City of Jacksonville has spent its money on trees. We thank all who attended for the great questions and ideas for the future!

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Congratulations to our very own Warren K. Anderson, Jr. on his 2015 Charles E. Bennett Champion of the Environment Award!

This is the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board's HIGHEST award, and much deserved. Warren will receive the award during the luncheon of the Environmental Symposium on 8/14/15 at UNF.

Past winners of the award include:

  • Congressman Charles Bennett
  • Walt Bussells - JEA
  • Neil Armingeon - St Johns Riverkeeper
  • Linda Bremer - Sierra Club
  • Dr. Todd Stack - EPB
  • Robert Schuster - EPB
  • Mark Middlebrook - Preservation Project
  • Mayor John Delaney
  • State Senator John Thrasher
  • Barbara Broward - EPB
  • Richard Macguire - EPB

We are so proud to work with Warren and are glad that others will get to learn more about his long history of accomplishments. 

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  • Make A Difference Day

    This Saturday, October 24th, millions of volunteers across the nation will unite with a common mission - to improve the lives of others.  In its 24th year, Make A Difference Day is a USA Today initiative, the largest national day of community service.

  • Sierra Club - Helping You Stay Informed

    We are proud to have the Sierra Club as a Friend of the Public Trust. 

  • Inspiring a Lifetime Relationship with Nature

    September 1 marked the launch of the Every Kid in a Park initiative. On a personal note, I'm really excited about this program. My sense of wonder is rekindled when I'm with my wife and children and see Old Faithful erupt or turtle hatchlings swim out to sea. National parks bring out the kid in all of us, and that's why I encourage kids of all ages to get out and Find Your Park.