About Us

Our organization is appropriately named, as it had its origin among friends and neighbors, Leon and Naida Eisenbud and Bobbie Hickman.  Walking on the beach in the spring of 1990, they noted some Ospreys' valiant efforts to build nests close by, and decided to help.  A team effort that soon included the utility company and a local builder, resulted in a platform atop a pole that was quickly occupied by an Osprey pair that built a nest.  These friends decided they could do more and the Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve was born and has been a growing team ever since—joined by many who are also concerned with preservation of our precious coastal environment.

 
What is our Purpose?

Protect natural wildlife within the Preserve.  Including the largest concentration of
        gopher tortoises found anywhere in Southwest Florida.
Protect the environment within the Preserve, as it is one of the last remaining coastal  
        strands and tropical hammocks on the Gulf Coast.
Share information with both local residents and visitors to our area about how and why 
        Barefoot Beach Preserve has become such a valuable resource in our community.
Foster research and education as it applies to our unique natural environment.



You can create a lasting memory at Barefoot Beach Preserve and help us continue to support our purpose by purchasing a commemorative brick.

Our website is www.friendsofbarefootbeach.org









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