0 Lily Street (Prospective Land Purchase)

Video presented by then-Commissioner Blythe Waters at the Aug. 10, 2020, City Commission meeting

The City of Atlantic Beach is reviewing the viability of purchasing 0 Lily Street – a +/-2-acre marsh-front parcel on the Intracoastal Waterway. The property currently can be subdivided and developed into two single-family homes. The City is considering the purchase for the primary purposes of conservation and flood mitigation. The property could also be used for passive recreation.

We welcome your questions and input. Please email info@coab.us or call (904) 247-5804.


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Timeline of notable communication/activities/meetings and associated documents: 

  • Approx. January 2020: City staff began considering the viability of the prospective property purchase; first discussion with a Lily Street property owner occurs.
  • Aug. 5: Lily Street discussion (Commissioner Blythe Waters) published on Aug. 10 City Commission meeting agenda. Video link and photos included in agenda packet.
  • Aug. 10: Prospective property acquisition presentation by Commissioner Blythe Waters, followed by Commission discussion. Meeting video. Meeting minutes.
  • Oct. 4. City Engineer analyzes viability of prospective property purchase.
  • Oct. 7. Resolution (No. 20-46) directing staff to negotiate the prospective property acquisition published on Oct. 12 City Commission meeting agenda. Staff report, appraisal and resolution included in agenda packet.
  • Oct. 9. City Manager meeting with the North Florida Land Trust land stewardship director regarding the prospective property acquisition.
  • Oct. 12. City Engineer presentation at City Commission meeting; Commission discussion; and adoption of Resolution No. 20-46. Meeting video.
  • Oct. 14: Prospective property purchase discussed by the Oct. 14 Environmental Stewardship Committee, which votes 8-2 to recommend the purchase for environmental reasons.  Meeting video. Minutes.
  • Oct. 30: City Manager email communication with the North Florida Land Trust land stewardship director noting the substantial ecological value of the Lily Street property remaining undeveloped, and its value serving as a storm-surge protection for nearby neighborhoods regardless of public access.
  • Nov. 16: City Engineer preparing Florida Communities Trust grant application for property acquisition.
  • Nov. 30: City Engineer and Surveyor conclude that the North Florida Land Trust conservation easement boundary in the vicinity of Lily Street is the mean high-water line. 
  • Dec. 2. City Manager meets with the North Florida Land Trust land stewardship director regarding the prospective property acquisition.
  • Dec. 9: City Engineer submits Florida Communities Trust grant application.
  • Jan. 15:Correspondence from North Florida Land Trust land stewardship director confirming that the southwestern boundary of Lily Street (where a dock might be built) abuts sovereign submerged lands and is outside the conservation easement’s jurisdiction.
  • Jan. 20: Prospective property acquisition topic published on Jan. 25 City Commission meeting agenda.
  • Jan. 25:Staff presentation on prospective property acquisition to the City Commission, followed by a Commission discussion.
  • Feb. 2: City receives correspondence from a Lily Street resident signed by numerous Marsh Oaks residents opposing the property acquisition.
  • Feb. 5: Commissioner Norris and City Engineer meet with about eight Marsh Oaks residents with concerns about the prospective property acquisition.
  • Feb. 8: City Manager report/update to the City Commission, followed by a Commission discussion.
  • Feb. 13: Correspondence from 0 Lily Street property owner.

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