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On November 8th of 2016, 84 percent of Lee County voters approved the Conservation 20/20 referendum to preserve and protect natural habitats. In fact, the referendum tied for first in the nation for highest percentage approval rate for parks and land acquisition efforts, according to the Trust for Public Lands. Now it’s time to keep conserving Lee County’s natural lands by keeping our “eYes” on Conservation 20/20. Because the language of the referendum is non-binding, there’s no legal requirement for county officials to increase the amount of preserved land. As we continue to grow as a county, we must support an increasing amount of preserved land to balance our rapidly rising population. You can help by continuing to actively support Lee County’s purchase of environmentally sensitive lands. We ask you to join us in writing letters, contacting county officials, attending meetings and liking, sharing and following our social media outlets.
Conservation 20/20 BackgroundConservation 20/20 is Lee County’s willing-seller conservation lands acquisition and management program. In the early 1990s, Lee County had the lowest percentage of conservation lands of Florida’s Gulf Counties. The 20/20 program was conceived by a broad based citizens’ group of business owners, realtors, planners, and residents to ensure that critical habitats, wetlands, and corridors, were protected to preserve economic property values, quality of life and natural resources. In 1996 a nonbinding referendum was passed by the majority of Lee County voters to fund a conservation lands program through ad valorum property taxes. Because the majority of the county voted in favor, the tax was continued on an annual basis per the direction of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).
AccomplishmentsTo date, the program has acquired nearly 25,000 acres of environmentally sensitive lands – from preserves on barrier islands, to upland habitats, wetlands, and buffer land to rivers and streams. Conservation 20/20 manages preserves throughout Lee County. Many of the preserves are open to the public for resource-based recreational opportunities. There are more than 30 miles of marked hiking trails and hundreds of unmarked maintenance/fire lines trails available to adventurous hikers to seek out and discover.
The 2016 ReferendumIn early 2016, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted to place the Conservation 20/20 program on the ballot again in another nonbinding referendum. Voting “Yes” for 20/20 on November 8th, 2016 was the citizens’ opportunity to help safeguard Lee County’s long-term economic and environmental sustainability and quality of life through continuing to protect the County’s exceptional natural resources.
Learn More and Get Involved!Please visit the Lee County 20/20 Website for more information and ways to get involved!
Check out the Lee County 20/20 Calendar to 20/20 events and public meetings.
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