Land Acquisition & Management Program
St. Johns County is one of the oldest political jurisdictions in Florida and the City of St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied European City in the United States (1565). Currently, St. Johns County is the fastest growing county in the state.
Two of St. Johns County's boundaries are defined by water, to the east lies the Atlantic Ocean, the barrier island of Anastasia, the Guana, Tolomato and Matanzas Rivers which make up the Intracoastal Waterway and to the west lies the St. Johns River. To the north, lies Duval County and to the south lies Flagler County.
From its beginning in 1999, the County's Land Acquisition and Management Program (LAMP) identified lands to be acquired in the unincorporated areas of the County and the participating municipalities.
The LAMP Board assisted governing bodies participating in the program acquire and conserve lands and sites that enhanced or promoted natural communities, green corridors, water resources, outdoor recreation, as well as historic, educational and scientific activities. LAMP identified, reviewed, evaluated and ranked lands to best achieve program goals, while protecting rare, endangered, threatened natural communities of flora and fauna including species of special concern. They explored means of furthering the educational opportunities of conservation lands.
At this time, the LAMP program is on hold due to lack of funding from the Department of Environmental Protection. The County's hope is that when the funds are again available, the LAMP program will once again thrive.