Sunday, September 26, 2021

County votes to acquire conservation acres

The Lee County Commission voted Sept. 7 to acquire about 22 acres in Cape Coral near county-owned Judd Community Park for Conservation 20/20.

The property is south of Pine Island Road and a quarter-mile west of U.S. 41. Yellow Fever and Hancock creeks converge on the west boundary of the property, which includes both upland and wetland plant communities.

The purchase price is $1,485,000, plus costs to close. The Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee voted in July to forward the purchase agreement to the commission for consideration.

The acquisition is contingent upon the release of all obligations pertaining to the Declaration of Covenants for Judd Creek Preserve, Assignment of Developer Rights for Judd Creek Preserve, South Florida Water Management District’s Environmental Resource Permit, and a Deed of Conservation Easement. All of these would be at the seller’s expense.

There are currently about 31,340 acres within Conservation 20/20. Conservation lands help the county protect drinking water, enhance water quality, provide nature-based recreational opportunities, protect areas from flooding and provide wildlife habitat.

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