LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A new plot of land on Sanibel will be set aside to help protect our paradise.
Tuesday, the Lee County Commission unanimously approved the purchase of 68 acres of land for conservation.
It's near J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge at the corner of Sanibel-Captiva and Wulfert roads. It's part of Conservation 20/20, the county program set up to conserve natural areas.
With this latest purchase, there are now more than 7,800 acres of protected land on the island.
"There's a lot of conservation land on the western end of Sanibel, and this sits in the middle of that and connects a lot of pieces together," says John McCabe, chair of land conservation and acquisition at “Ding” Darling.
The county is shelling out $9.5 million for the land.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife will manage the property at no cost to Lee County...