Fort Myers, FL – December 5, 2017 – Investors Warranty of America, LLC sold a 4,000± acre property to Lee County for $42,435,000. This property, known widely as Edison Farms, is connected to existing state and county owned lands and will be utilized as a conservation site for the enjoyment of Lee County residents and visitors for years to come.
The site consists of 2,800± acres of undisturbed wetland habitat, hydric pasture, cabbage palm, and hydric pine flatwoods, which are deficient in Lee County. The remaining 1,200± acres consist of upland pods that have been identified as developable. Because of this purchase by Lee County, the uplands will remain in-tact and will not be developed into perpetuity, allowing the property to remain a critical habitat for endangered Florida wildlife, such as the Florida Panther and Wood Stork.
Edison Farms presents Lee County residents with further preservation of the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (DR/GR), passive recreational activities, and contiguous access to Hidden Cypress Preserve and CREW Flint Pen Strand.
“The use of this property directly aligns with the goals of Conservation 20/20,” stated Randy Thibaut, CEO of Land Solutions, Inc. “By preserving 4,000 acres of land in Southwest Florida, Lee County has the opportunity to restore impaired flowways, improve water quality and storage within the DR/GR and Estero Bay, and protect wildlife habitats. We are very excited to see Edison Farms evolve into the ‘Central Park of Lee County’ and I am honored to be a part of this conservation effort.”
Edison Farms is located within the Estero Bay Watershed and contains headwaters for three major tributaries to Estero Bay. It is contiguous to Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) to the east.
Land Solutions, Inc. was the exclusive listing agent who brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller, working with Lee County and Conservation 20/20. The seller was represented by Randy Thibaut, William Rollins, and Justin Thibaut of Land Solutions, Inc.
About Land Solutions
Land Solutions, Inc. is one of Southwest Florida’s leading real estate brokerage and development firms. The Company specializes in all aspects of site development, current market and valuation issues, acquisition and disposition services, due diligence evaluation, permitting status and compliance, work-out projects, asset management and zoning, and permitting for commercial properties. For additional information on the Company or its services, visit their website at www.landsolutions.net or call (239) 489-4066.
About Conservation 20/20
Conservation 20/20 is a willing-seller program funded by taxpayer dollars used to help the county acquire environmentally sensitive lands for preservation and conservation. Established in 1996 through a voter referendum, the program was renewed in 2016 through a second referendum with 84 percent majority support from Lee County voters.