The Alachua County Commission accepted a million dollars donation. It's not cash, but the donation does happen to be green.
It's 115 acres of rural land, and environmentalists say finding it in Alachua County isn't as common as it was fifty years ago.
In fact, environmentalists say the lack of land takes its toll on our quality of life. But a local property owner wants to make sure her lot of land stays just the way it is. 90-year-old Mabel Robertson has offered the county the rights to conserve and maintain her 115 acre legacy.
Mrs. Robertson says the main reason she's donating this million dollar property is to conserve some of the green in the community. Robertson says protecting her land has always been a top priority. She says no amount of money can replace it.
Environmental manager Ramesh Buch says in another ten years, this area will be filled with mansions and trophy homes.
But thanks to mrs. Robertson Buch says, "You're going to have 115 acres that will be a community farm, small forest, people can drive by to a You Pick. All those uses will be allowed in this conservation."
So, here's to you Mrs. Robertson!
Thalia Hayden WCJB TV20 News.
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