FORT MYERS — For the third time since August, Lee County commissioners have approved land purchases as part of the Conservation 20/20 program.
The latest purchases total more than 365 acres and cost about $2.12 million, according to a statement. The acquisitions include:
• About 179 acres on the north side of North River Road, about a quarter mile west and north of Fichters Creek Lane in Alva. Property is adjacent to the south boundary of another Alva-area parcel approved, the release states. The land includes natural wetlands, pasture and cypress. The purchase price is $1.22 million, the release states, plus some $20,000 in closing costs;
• About 98 acres located three-fourths 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 release states. The property is improved pasture with the potential for rehydration of its sandstone and water table aquifers. The purchase price is $634,000, plus $20,000 in closing costs.
• About 93 acres adjacent to the 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 about one mile east of Burnt Store Road. The purchase price is $260,400, plus closing costs estimated at $17,500, the release states.
Each parcel, according to the statement, was unanimously recommended for purchase by the Land Acquisition and Stewardship Advisory Committee. There were 30,424 acres within the Conservation 20/20 Land Acquisition Program prior to the completion of these purchases. The county acquired some 600 acres through two deals in late August, for $10.5 million, and another 200 acres earlier in the summer, for $1.35 million.