Lee County To Purchase And Conserve Edison Farms
Last week, the Lee County Commission voted unanimously to acquire a 3,922-acre parcel in South Lee County. The $42.4 million acquisition, known as Edison Farms, came days after Hurricane Irma directly hit the west coast of Florida.
The investment comes at a cost of nearly half of the county’s total Conservation 20/20 fund, but some groups say the its conversation is well worth the money.
Nicole Johnson, the director of environmental policy at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the significance of Edison Farms.
The Conservancy’s senior environmental policy specialist, Marisa Carrozzo, also joins the show to discuss how hard-hit areas, such as Bonita Springs, could have looked if the conversation land had instead been developed.