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Business Observer Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2019 9 months ago

County set to acquire nearly 10 acres for conservation

The county agreed to purchase the 9.57-acre parcel on the island for $860,000.

FORT MYERS — The last remaining private parcel on Mound Key is being purchased by Lee County for the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program.

Lee  County Commissioners agreed to purchase a 9.57-acre parcel on the island for $860,000, plus estimated closing costs of $40,000, according to a news release.

The release says the property is the last remaining privately held parcel on Mound Key and is adjacent to the boundaries of Mound Key Archaeological State Park. Mound Key is located in Estero Bay and is accessible only by boat.

The island is a significant archaeological site, thought to have been the cultural hub of the native Calusa people, according to the release. The state has owned most of Mound Key since 1961, including a dock and hiking trails. The privately held land also includes a dock and has been used in recent years to pasture goats, which would be removed prior to the purchase closing.

Conservation 20/20, which has preserved about 29,700 acres since its inception, is Lee County’s environmental acquisition and management program. 


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