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County to buy 119 acres for preserve

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 22, 2001

TAMPA -- The County Commission agreed Wednesday to buy 119 acres of woods and wetlands to expand the Cypress Creek Preserve between Lutz and New Tampa.

The purchase protects from future development the land south of County Line Road and west of Interstate 275. The property contains a variety of plants and animals and is part of the watershed that drains into Tampa's main source of drinking water, the Hillsborough River.

The county bought the land from William and Esther Greer for $125,000 through its Environmental Lands Acquisition Program, known as ELAPP. Only a small piece of the site along County Line Road was suitable for development, said acquisitions manager Kurt Gremley.

Once the sale is finalized, the county will open the land for hiking and bird watching. A future parking lot and trails are possible.

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