Glades restoration proceeding
The last piece of property has been acquired by the state for the Southern Golden Gates restoration project.
This highly controversial project calls for the restoration of the failed Southern Golden Gate Estates to its natural state. The project will tear out roads and fill in canals to restore natural water flows across 55,000 acres where developers once dreamed of building the world's largest subdivision between U.S 41 East and Interstate 75.
Last month, long-time hold-out and local folk hero Jesse Hardy agreed to sell his 160 acre property to the state for $4.95M. Last week a Collier County Circuit Judge signed an order forcing the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians to give up more than 800 acres it owns in the restoration area in exchange for $2.2 million from the state.
Miccosukees forced to give up land to Glades restoration [Naples Daily News]