Palencia Recognized by Northeast Florida Regional Council For Improving Quality of Life Along First Coast

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Palencia has been recognized by the Northeast Florida Regional CouncilÂ?s 2004 Awards Committee in two categories: The Regional Quality of Life Award and The Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

Palencia has been recognized by the Northeast Florida Regional Council’s 2004 Awards Committee in two categories: The Regional Quality of Life Award and The Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

Preserving the delicate balance between the diverse habitats that define Northeast Florida, as well as enhancing the quality of life was a top priority for Hines, Palencia’s developer.

“The fact that our ultimate objectives coincide with these awards is just a happy coincidence,” said Naomi Lumely, sales and marketing manager for Hines at Palencia. “Our real sense of achievement comes from the recognition of residents, prospective buyers and the local community that we have something really unique here, a community that perfectly blends superior residential construction with the breathtaking beauty of Northeast Florida’s natural environment.”

Developed to preserve as much of the natural environment as possible, Hines has taken great care to establish a thriving residential community that exists in harmony with the natural splendor of the area. From Palencia’s most notable natural amenity, the spectacular Tolomato River and the exotic marshes and wetlands, to the master-planned community’s more than 250 acres of maritime oak and pine forests, this development has taken great care to

protect and preserve the surrounding environment.

Hines’ focus on the long-term protection, conservation, and enhancement of the region’s natural resources, matched criteria established by The Northeast Florida Regional Council for The Regional Award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship.

Palencia’s nature-conscious innovations include: the installation of

subterranean tunnels to allow animals safe passage under roadways, the use of native Florida plants in community landscaping, the requirement that builders use stem-wall construction to preserve trees and help minimize the number of trees lost during home construction, the rerouting of neighborhood roadways and golf paths around century-oaks and tree clusters, and the installation of an innovative storm water system that properly treats storm water to protect the surrounding water bodies.

From animal migration patterns and food sources to ecosystems and species interdependence, site plans at Palencia consider every aspect of maintaining a healthy natural environment. The development is conscious of the native plants and animals, and diverse marsh ecosystems that make the area such a spectacular testament to nature’s stunning beauty.

Palencia has also established multiple neighborhood education programs that enhance the overall welfare of the region, which earned them recognition in The Regional Quality of Life Award category.

Hines’ involvement with St. Johns County’s cooperative extension agents to develop neighborhood educational programs provides community residents with helpful concepts, tools and techniques for creating their environmentally friendly yards. Residents, and lawn maintenance services operating in the community, are taught the basics of designing a landscape featuring carefully selected plants suited to Northeast Florida’s climate, natural conditions and wildlife. Tips on cost-saving, environmentally friendly landscape maintenance are also addressed to help residents reduce water, fertilizer and pesticide use.

Within Palencia more and more residents are conserving water and energy inside and outside the home. Interest is growing in landscaping with native Florida trees, and environmentally beneficial shrubs and ground covers. Homeowners are choosing plants that blend aesthetic beauty with intrinsic environmental benefits. Residents and lawn maintenance services are selecting safer alternatives to standard chemicals and pesticides. And the end result of applying these environmentally friendly practices is the improvement and enhancement of life in Northeast Florida.

The Northeast Florida Regional Council is dedicated to preserving and

enhancing the quality of Northeast Florida’s natural, man-made, economic, and social environment. Formed in 1977, the Northeast Regional Council serves Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties.

Currently, Palencia offers The Promenade Condominiums, Village Townhomes, a selection large wooded estate lots, golf course or marsh view lots, and a broad array of single-family homes and live/work units designed by some of the area’s finest builders. Home prices at Palencia range from $170,000 to more than $3 Million. Palencia, is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 1 North and International Golf Parkway in North St. Johns County, visit online at, or call (904) 810-0500.

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