To Develop or Not Develop Land in Bonita Springs

CREW Marsh Trail

CREW Marsh Trail

Shallow Water Marsh at CREW

Shallow Water Marsh at CREW

The future of 5,000 acres of land in Bonita Springs which lies in an area called a “Density Reduction Groundwater Recharge” area or DRGR is being debated between land developers and environmentalists.  Environmentalists prefer to keep the area a green space or undeveloped piece of land geared towards letting rain seep into the ground and recharge our underground aquifers. Aquifers are where most of our drinking water comes from.

A large swath of land called Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed contains over 82,000 acres of undeveloped land in Lee County and Collier County and lies near the 5,000 acres in Bonita Springs. The land in Bonita Springs has been designated by the state of Florida as a water recharge area.

Proponents of developing this piece of land argue that the land is already degraded by its use as a dumping ground for used tires, various kinds of refuse and for mining operations. They argue that developing the land will actually improve the environment. Critics argue that developing this piece of land will destroy green spaces and water recharge areas. The Ft. Myers News Press ran an article on Wed. April, 1st called “A City Divided “ which contains both sides of the argument. The picture in this post shows a marsh with shallow water which lies within The Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. Visit their website and learn more about water conservation and wildlife habitat. Take note of the guided hikes through CREW, Strolling Science Seminars, Bird Rookery Swamp and habitat for wildlife.

The pictures in this post are not of the disputed land near Bonita Springs but are of the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed.








One thought on “To Develop or Not Develop Land in Bonita Springs

  1. Kate Zuhusky

    With respect to the land in Bonita Springs, sure a dumping ground for old tires isn’t desirable, but neither is the ubiquitous strip mall which developers are eager to build in southwest Florida.


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