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Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida, Inc
2029 North Third Street
Jacksonville Beach
Florida 32250
(904) 247-1972 x418

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What is the Public Trust?

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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.


Public Trust Speakers

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Our Executive Director, John November, is available to speak at civic meetings, like the Sierra Club meeting pictured above, about topics such as the past enforcement of 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. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would be interested in the Public Trust speaking at your next meeting!