Florida Helps City Buy Land for Campground
Florida officials have agreed to pitch in $6.3 million to help the town of Fellsmere and Indian River County purchase more than 88 acres of preservation land, according to TCPalm.com.
Fellsmere Mayor Sara Savage said she was confident prior to the Nov. 5 announcement that her city had a good chance at being selected for its application for buying 88 acres of wetlands in the northeast corner of the intersection of County Road 512 and Interstate 95 inland from Vero Beach.
City officials tentatively have called the land the Fellsmere Trailhead Preserve and envision campgrounds for tents and recreational vehicles, walking trails, playground areas and a sightseeing tower.
“I think the fact that it’s pristine land helped us do well,” Savage said. “It’s in its original state.”
The state land acquisition grant program provides money to local governments and environmental organizations to acquire community-based parks, open space and greenways.
Overall, $76 million of Florida Forever money was given out statewide.