You read that right. The conservation land known as the Outpost sold August 4. We have very few details, and we're not even sure if this is good news or bad, but here's what we know so far...
A reliable source tells us the Outpost was sold to an individual who plans to build a single home on it. This is entirely legal on 100 acres of conservation land, and it's one option we've long hoped for.
However, St. Johns County records reveal that the Outpost was sold to a wholly owned subsidiary the Ponte Vedra Corporation for $10. So if the land was conveyed to another party, it would have to be via some other method of which we're unaware.
"New Owner" of the Outpost as shown on the property records is an LLC that was formed 9 days before the sale.
New Outpost LLC 100%
Mailing Address ONE INDEPENDENT DR STE 1200
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32202-0000
Here is the LLC filing of "New Outpost LLC":
Note that the restrictive covenant on the deed says no restaurant, hotel, private club, etc., so the Ponte Vedra Corporation is ensuring that the "New Outpost" is non-competitive with the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club.
If this transaction ultimately signifies good news for the future of the Outpost, then details of an appropriate celebration will be forthcoming! If this is simply a new strategy from the Old Outpost, then we will continue to update you on developments as they unfold, and will of course stand by our mission: to preserve and protect environmentally sensitive land and Outstanding Florida Waters in or around the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, including the 99-acre parcel designated conservation land, known as the Outpost.
Enjoy your Sunday, and please stay safe!