City plans to create nature preserve on former Clearwater Christian College property

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) — The City of Clearwater says it plans to create a nature preserve on a parcel of land the city purchased from Clearwater Christian College.

The city purchased all college-owned property that is northeast of the intersection of Gulf-to-Bay and Bayshore boulevards, with exception of the college campus, which will remain under college ownership.

The city said in a news release that its goal is to preserve the land for environmental posterity. The acquired property includes six acres of uplands along the east side of Bayshore Boulevard and 80 acres of wetlands located between Bayshore Boulevard and the college-campus island.

With this acquisition, the city will develop a master plan for the property in order to identify environmental restoration and water quality improvement projects.

“This purchase emphasizes the city’s commitment to Clearwater’s environmental future,” said Mayor George Cretekos. “Residents can now look forward to being able to enjoy this land as a natural preserve with improved bay water quality for years to come.”

The property will be managed by the City of Clearwater Engineering Department.

Residents with questions can call the City of Clearwater’s Engineering department at (727) 562-4750.

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