Praising the good

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

By picking up and reading that guide, going out to the island to explore, an individual, Collins said, would become invested in the island, invested in preserving this unspoiled 12,000 acres located in Gulf and Franklin counties.

The local folks and tourists alike, Collins said, should more fully grasp the uniqueness of this barrier island with no land connection, an island that provided so many clues to the diversity and natural gifts of this postcard paradise.

There was simply nothing like the island for providing a snapshot of what nature provides; the breadth and depth.

“It is an island refuge that has been relatively untouched for a century,” Collins said. “Find me another in Florida.”

And Collins loved the Supporters of St. Vincent Island for the group’s passion for the island and maintaining it. The Supporters have become even more essential over the years as budget cuts have impacted staffing and programs.

Next week’s annual Open House is on a Friday for the second-straight year due to staffing cuts.

But it is an Open House worth attending for no other reason that as a reminder of the natural gifts this spot on the map offers and what we must nurture and save for our descendants.

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