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Record Group Number: 000200
Series/Collection Number: .S 1868
Creator: Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Title, Dates: Comissioner Doyle Conner's Estero Bay preservation files, 1973-1977.
Amount: .75 cubic ft.
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Biographical/Historical: Between 1972 and 1975, conservationists struggled with developers to protect wetlands of the aquatic preserves in Estero Bay, Florida.  In 1969, A controversial boundary line agreement between the State of Florida and property owners allowed the sale of more than two thousand acres of aquatic preserve to private ownership.  In 1972, Robert B. Troutman, Jr. (an Atlanta attorney) attempted to develop a five hundred million dollar condominium development on a 5,240 acre tract of marshland and mangroves on Estero Bay.    Conservationists filed suit against the state to have the boundary line nullified.  By 1975, the Florida Aquatic Preserve Act was passed and the existing preserves were brought under a standard set of management criteria. 

Summary: This series contains correspondence, court records, reports, newspaper articles, drawings and maps related to the controversy over Estero Bay's aquatic preserve boundary line.  These records reflect the conservationists' and state officials' concern for the preservation of the wetlands but also the state's dilemma between honoring the legal agreement it made with the developers in 1969, and protecting one of the most environmentally sensitive areas in Florida.
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Subject Access Fields: Conner, Doyle, 1928-
Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Agriculture Government policy Florida
Organizational change.
Meetings.
Planning.
Letters. aat
Reports. aat
Zoning maps. aat
Estero Bay (Fla.)
Florida Agriculture
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