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Fort Matanzas National Monument Superintendent Gordie Wilson has announced the release of the Final General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Fort Matanzas National Monument. Under the new plan the National Park Service (NPS) will not seek authority to permit vehicles on the NPS beach. Other key elements of the plan will be increased interpretation of the natural environment, minimal development of new facilities, and possible expansion of the off-beach parking areas."This plan has taken a long time to complete. The beach driving issue has been an emotional and complex component throughout. It epitomizes the fundamental challenge in the NPS mission, which requires us to preserve our resources while providing enjoyment in a manner that does not impair those resources" Wilson said. This final general management plan provides comprehensive guidance for perpetuating natural systems, preserving cultural resources, and providing opportunities for high-quality visitor experiences in the national monument for the next 20+ years.
The final general management plan / environmental impact statement is now available on the National Park Service website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/foma. A limited number of paper copies are available. However, the document is more than 230 pages long. For your convenience a limited number of CDs are also available upon request by contacting the national monument at the physical address or phone number below.
Fort Matanzas National Monument
1 South Castillo Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32084