Ormond-by-the-Sea state park may be renamed after Reid Hughes, who was an oilman-turned-environmentalist and a true champion of conservation in Florida. He played a critical role in pushing for land acquisitions to establish the Volusia Conservation Corridor, Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve, and the three state parks along the Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail.

Hughes also served on the boards of Florida Audubon, the National Audubon Society, St. Johns River Water Management District, the Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Everglades Foundation, and more.

He was also a member of the first Volusia Forever Advisory Committee. He died in July at home in Port Orange surrounded by family. Hughes was 94.


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