Fort Matanzas Developing General Management Plan (updated June 2009)
All parks in the National Park System (NPS) are required to periodically review their General Management Plans (GMP). These plans, which address resource protection, recreation, and interpretation, describe the general path the park intends to follow over the next 15 to 20 years and are made with input from NPS program managers, interested parties, and the general public.
In fall 2007 Fort Matanzas National Monument hosted two Public Open House Meetings as well as a meeting with state and county representatives. Comments from these meetings were used to guide the park management team in developing four alternatives for managing the park.
With the NPS Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta approving the four alternatives, the public was once again invited to make comments. This public comment period ended June 1, 2008, and the team reduced the number of alternatives from four (including the “No-Action” or “No-Change” alternative) to three by combining features and eliminating features that the public did not support.
The planning team is currently writing the draft GMP/EIS document which includes substantial environmental analysis and cost estimates for each alternative. After NPS management reviews and approves publication of the document, it will be posted on the NPS planning website:
Watch the St. Augustine Record newspaper and this web site for further updates.
For additional information, contact Fort Matanzas at 904-471-0116 or
Did You Know?
Matanzas is Spanish for "slaughters" or "killings" and refers to the execution of over 250 Frenchmen by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, founder of St. Augustine. Ft Matanzas National Monument, Florida