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San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve

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San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve
18201 John Morris Road
Fort Myers , Florida 33908

Total Acres: 718.5
Number of Parcels: 1
Total Cost: $6,380,000.00
Date Acquired: Thursday, August 30, 2001 *
*Date first parcel was acquired.

Additional Acquisition Information
Land Stewardship Plan

Coordinator: Terry Cain
Telephone: (239) 707-3015

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San Carlos Bay - Bunche Beach Preserve (SCB-BBP) contains 718 acres and the largest portion (704 acres) was acquired in 2001 through the C20/20 Program. The purchase and perpetual preservation of this site will provide protection for wetland areas such as tidal swamp, an extensive tidal creek system, coastal grasslands, coastal berms that define the southern border and extremely productive seagrass beds and mudflats that provide habitat and food for both fish and a wide variety of birds. In addition to protecting the resources for wildlife and native plant communities, appropriate resource based public use will be managed to protect the Preserve's biologic integrity.

There are three other parcels that make up SCB-BBP. Bunche Beach Park, consisting of 1/2 acre, has been owned by Lee County since 1949. In 2005, a warranty deed was received for the 12 acre donation, while in 2008, an additional 1.5 acre was purchased by LCPR to construct the activity center.

In 2013, the ten-year update to the SCB-BBP land management plan was completed, approved by Lee County BoCC and can be accessed by using the above link.

Recreation Opportunities:
Bird Watching, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Canoeing/Kayaking, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking (Boardwalk), Nature Study/Photography, Picnic Area, Swimming

Additional Information:
In 2010, public beach facilities were completed & opened with ADA parking, restrooms, fishing piers, kayak ramp, picnic tables, and a small boardwalk overlooking Rock Creek. On the sandy beach, there is an ADA mobie mat that leads to an ADA picnic table.

Click here for additional information on the public beach facilities at this Preserve.

San Carlos Bay Bunche Beach Preserve (brochure)

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