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CBA Receives Donation From Draper Lake Coastal Village

08/31/2004

Draper Lake, FL - The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) recently received a generous donation from the Draper Lake Coastal Village to help the CBA's work to address the ecological needs of South Walton County's globally rare and imperiled Coastal Dune Lakes.

Draper Lake Coastal Village is a new community located along Hwy 30-A on the shores of the dune lake from which the development derives its name. Since much of the focus of Draper Lake Coastal Village is based on the rare dune lake, "the developers are very protective of the natural habitat on the site," says Richard Gibbs, spokesperson for the Coastal Village. "The development is based on our relationship with the lake. We need to ensure that the natural habitat associated with our development is protected. Harmony with the natural environment is a major theme throughout our community."

The donation will assist CBA to ensure the future stability of this natural habitat through the group's Coastal Dune Lakes Program. Developed in 2001, the program provides a monthly volunteer monitoring program of numerous dune lakes and information resources to assist to the community to make educated decisions for the optimum utilization of the lakes. The CBA also sponsors restoration projects to enhance the lakes.

"CBA appreciates the donation from Draper Lake Coastal Village and the developer's interest in building this community with the environment as a high priority," said Phillip Ellis, CBA's Coastal Dune Lakes Program Coordinator. "Keeping the environment a strategic part of the master plan benefits everyone involved. The beauty of the lake which attracts many tourists and future homeowners is in need of champions like Draper Lake Coastal Village."

The CBA is a non-profit organization committed to sustaining and providing optimum utilization of the Choctawhatchee Watershed. CBA, under the auspices of the Okaloosa-Walton College, provides opportunities for citizens, educators and technical experts to promote the health of the Choctawhatchee Basin. It is an umbrella group that includes area residents, developers, educators, community groups and anyone else who wants to keep a healthy economy and be good stewards of the natural heritage of Choctawhatchee River Basin. For more information on how you can help, call CBA at 850-650-9330 or go to their website at www.basinalliance.org. For more information on the Draper Lake Coastal Village, please visit www.draperlake.com.

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