DUNEDIN, FL — With a proposal to develop the property into condominiums now off the table, Dunedin city commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to find a way to purchase and preserve the environmentally sensitive Douglas-Hackworth property.
Prior to her death in July, philanthropist Gladys Douglas-Hackworth stated that the two parcels of endangered scrub habitat she owned at Virginia Avenue and Keene Road should be preserved in their natural state. The parcels, totaling 43.44 acres, are just outside the Dunedin city limits.
Dunedin residents and environmentalists launched a series of sidewalk protests when they learned that, despite Douglas-Hackworth’s wishes, national home builder Pulte Homes had a contract to purchase the property from the Douglas-Hackworth trust for $14.5 million to build 130 condominiums.
Pulte had until Oct. 17 to conduct due diligence on the pending purchase. However, the home builder allowed the deadline to pass without making an offer to the trust.