FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted Nov. 17, to approve the purchase of three properties totaling more than 365 acres for the Conservation 20/20 program.
Two of the properties are near Alva and the third is near the Yucca Pens Preserve near Cape Coral. The properties are:
About 179 acres located on the north side of North River Road, about a quarter-mile west and north of Fichters Creek Lane, in Alva. The property is adjacent to the south boundary of the other Alva-area parcel approved Tuesday. The land includes natural wetlands, pasture and cypress. The purchase price is $1,225,000, plus costs to close estimated at $20,000.
About 98 acres for the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program, about three-quarters of a mile north of the intersection of North River Road and Fichters Creek Lane, in Alva. The parcel’s northern and eastern boundaries are adjacent to the Bob Janes Preserve, an existing Conservation 20/20 site. The property is improved pasture with the potential for rehydration of its sandstone and water table aquifers. The purchase price is $634,000, plus costs to close estimated at $20,000.
93 acres adjacent to county-owned Yucca Pens Preserve and the state-owned Yucca Pens Unit of Fred C. Babcock-Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area in northwest Lee County, near Cape Coral. This parcel is located about one mile east of Burnt Store Road. The purchase price is $260,400, plus closing costs estimated at $17,500.
Each parcel was unanimously recommended for purchase by the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee.
There are 30,424 acres within the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program prior to the completion of these purchases. Conservation lands help the county protect drinking water, enhance water quality, provide nature-based recreational opportunities, protect areas from flooding and provide wildlife habitat. For more information, visit: https://www.leegov.com/parks/conservation2020