Fish Island is located on the Matanzas River on the south-eastern side of the Mickler-O'Connell (312) Bridge. Earlier this year, developer, D.R. Horton sought to clear-cut and fill Fish Island to construct 170 new homes. At the first Planning and Zoning Board meeting, they downplayed the ecological and historic value of the property. At the second meeting, over a hundred members of the community showed up and pushed back. The PZB unanimously denied the development proposal. D.R. Horton did not appeal that decision. Now we are working together with members of our community to permanently preserve this land.
The clear-cutting that has already taken place in preparation for the Antigua development on the northern side of the 312 bridge shows the dramatic contrast of what Fish Island looks like now and what it would look like if developed.