Pergola dedication marks opening of Bennett’s Landing in Atlantic Beach – Yahoo News

Pergola dedication marks opening of Bennett’s Landing in Atlantic Beach – Yahoo News

John Bennett (from left), along with his sister, Jayne Bohannon and older brother, F. Reuben Bennett Jr., join with John November, executive director of the Public Trust for Conservation, in cutting the ribbon for Bennett’s Wave Pergola, named in honor of Sara Bennett and Fenis Reuben Bennett, Sr.

Just before Thanksgiving Day, about 50 people took part in an event to celebrate the conservation acquisition of the Bennett’s Landing property — which included a ribbon-cutting for of the Bennett’s Wave pergola, named in honor of Sara Bennett and Fenis Reuben Bennett, Sr.

“It was their dream to have this property become a park for the public, so we are celebrating all those people who did so much to make this a reality,” said John November, executive director of the Public Trust for Conservation that spearheaded the project. “That includes artist Anthony Rooney; the City of Atlantic Beach, which participated by pouring the concrete for the structure; Ryan Mix, the realtor who helped protect this land for conservation; and all the different community members who have plaques on each of the poles of the pergola.”

The half-acre parcel that makes up Bennett’s Landing, where the pergola now serves as an entryway for the neighborhood community, is also an extension to the Tide Views Preserve — an eight-acre scenic park and trails venue located along the Intracoastal Waterway just west of Mayport Road near the Atlantic Boulevard Bridge.

The initiative to obtain the Bennett property began in 2013 and November says the property was fully protected from development in 2016.

“It took about five years after that to get the pergola constructed, so it’s been a labor of love, but we got it done in the end,” November said.

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About 50 people took part in a Nov. 23 event to celebrate the conservation acquisition of the Bennett’s Landing property, named in honor of Sara Bennett and Fenis Reuben Bennett, Sr. The half-acre parcel that makes up Bennett’s Landing, and where the pergola now serves as an entryway for the neighborhood community, is also an extension to the Tide Views Preserve.

Family who donated land is well-known in the Beaches

The Bennett Family, which donated the property, is well-known among long-time residents in Atlantic Beach.

A prominent Beaches resident and developer, Reuben Bennett moved to Atlantic Beach from his native Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1957 — and was instrumental in the development of the Beaches’ community. He was an investor, land developer, builder, restaurateur, grocer and owner of Bennett’s Garage for more than 30 years. Bennett died in 2013 and his wife, Sara, passed away four years ago.

John Bennett, the Bennetts’ youngest son, said that when his parents had both passed away, he signed the property over to the trust.

“I’m here for my mom …….

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