The Manatee County Commission today paved the way for Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast to save and convey to the County 150 acres that would expand Robinson Preserve. More than 300,000 residents and tourists visit Robinson Preserve annually which is why the County’s Capital Improvement Plan includes provisions for enhancing public amenities in the expanded Preserve. “This is an extraordinary example of the public, private and not-for-profit sectors coming together to do the right thing for the environment and the community,” said Conservation Foundation president, Christine Johnson.
The arrangements with the Robinson family require a December 31 deadline. If the property is successfully acquired, improvements planned by Manatee County will include environmental restoration, construction of an environmental center, trails, boardwalks, pedestrian bridges, a parking lot, restrooms, age specific thematic playgrounds, kayak and paddle trails, kayak storage facilities and signage. “This is a wonderful gift to and an opportunity for the citizens and visitors of Manatee County,” notes Charlie Hunsicker, Director of Natural Resources.
The Foundation is a nationally-accredited land trust and has, together with partners, protected more than 8,400 acres on 29 properties from Lee to Manatee County. “It is a tight timeline but we have raced the clock before and won,” says Johnson. “The community, family and corporate foundations and individual contributors make our work possible.” For more information or to make a contribution to support the mission of saving land, call (941) 918-2100.
About Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, works with landowners, businesses, and government to protect the beauty and natural integrity of bays, beaches, barrier islands and watersheds on the Gulf Coast. The Foundation purchases natural areas, holds conservation easements and educates for responsible stewardship. Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast also works with Sarasota County’s acclaimed environmentally sensitive lands program, their neighborhood parks program, and is a nationally accredited land trust. Visit www.conservationfoundation.com