GTM Announces Opening of Princess Place Eco Cottages

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CONTACT: Patrician Price, 904-823-4506,

GTM Research Reserve Announces
Opening of Princess Place Eco Cottages

~The eco-friendly cabins offer overnight stay for visiting scientists and the public-~

Princess Place Cottage

Each cottage is 1,000 square feet; one cottage is ADA accessible.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla An open house was held for the long-awaited Princess Place Eco Cottages located at Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The GTM Research Reserve began this project four years ago with its partner, Flagler County.

"These environmentally-friendly cottages will attract scientists, students and educators to explore and study the Princess Place Preserve and the surrounding natural systems," said Dr. Michael Shirley, director of the GTM Research Reserve. "This important work will guide management decisions to maintain or restore water quality, oyster reefs, fish habitat and salt marshes to benefit present and future generations.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through a contractual agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Coastal Office, authorized $330,000 for the cottages, and another $16,000 for updating a field research support facility. Flagler County contributed $120,000 in-kind value through labor, cash, equipment, and construction oversight, as well as an estimated $100,000 land value for the property where the cottages are located. Friends of the GTM Reserve contributed an additional $60,000 for furnishings, energy-efficient appliances, and equipment for the cottages and the field research building.

Each of the three climate-controlled 1,000-square-foot cottages has two bedrooms with queen-size beds, two full bathrooms, a fold-out couch that sleeps two, a fully-equipped kitchen (no dishwasher), Wi-Fi, a furnished screened porch, an outdoor fire pit and picnic table. One cottage is ADA accessible.

For more information, please contact Patrician Price at 904-823-4500.