Manatee County to dedicate Joseph Ungarelli Sr. Preserve on March 5

  • Feb 18, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April9, 2015) – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources will host a March 5 ceremony to dedicate Ungarelli Preserve, a 35-acre preserve located on the southern portion of Palma Sola Boulevard just behind Ace’s Lounge.

 The event will include guest speakers and brief naturalist-guided tours of the site. The Ungarelli family will also be on hand to dedicate a memorial for Joseph Ungarelli Sr. as part of the grand opening.


Ungarelli joins Robinson and Neal preserves as Manatee County’s “coastal jewel” properties, and will add to the coastal network of conservation sites preserving valuable habitat and resources. In May, Perico Preserve will join this system of restoration sites, providing even more acreage for wildlife and humans to explore and enjoy.


The site was acquired with the help of the Ungarelli family who worked with the County to provide the land at an extremely affordable price and continue to support the ongoing improvements at the site. Grantors including the Fish and Wildlife Service, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Ringhaver each contributed funding to help with exotic plant removal, trail construction, and installation of native plants.


The first phase of the project opening March 5 will include a pavilion and short trail. The remainder of the project will be completed in the future and will include boardwalks and trails that wind through the preserve’s lush mangrove forest.


For more on Manatee County’s natural preserves, visit the Preserves and Conservation Lands area of our website. For more information on Manatee County Parks and Natural Preserves, follow them on Facebook at


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