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BOCC to purchase 60 acres for Conservation 20/20

By Staff | Aug 14, 2019

On Aug. 6, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to purchase two parcels totaling over 60 acres for Conservation 20/20 to add to existing preserves in Alva and Bonita Springs.

The purchased land includes:

– 20.8 acres near Goggin Road that is surrounded on three sides by 1,155-acre Alva Scrub Preserve. The parcel contains scrub, oak hammock, old growth pine and is located in a secondary panther habitat and Florida scrub jay habitat. The purchase price is $186,930 plus closing costs.

– About 40 acres located within the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, north of Bonita Beach Road SE and along the Lee/Collier county line. An existing Memorandum of Understanding between the South Florida Water Management District and Lee County specifies management responsibilities of county-owned properties by the SFWMD within CREW, purchased with Conservation 20/20 program funds. The CREW Land and Water Trust is making a donation of $2,000 at closing. The purchase price is $276,000 plus closing costs.

The Conservation Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee unanimously recommended each purchase.

For more information, visit www.Conservation2020.org.