County Lands History
The Deptment of County Lands was created in January 1987 when County Administration recognized the need for this type of support service to other departments due to the increasing Capital Improvement Program requiring real estate acquisition.
In 1990, County Lands added an in-house title plant for producing its own research and established an up-to-date County Lands Inventory.
County Lands currently has eleven employees, handling acquisition and title research for over fifty Capital Improvement Projects and numerous miscellaneous and administrative projects affecting approximately 2000 properties.
The Department is also actively working on reducing the County Lands Inventory of properties that can be either sold, or donated to not-for-profit corporations, and therefore placed back on the tax roll. To view a list of potential surplus properties and pertinent information, CLICK HERE.
In 1996, there was a citizen's initiative to ask Lee County Government to purchase more land for preservation. An environmentally sensitive land conservation referendum was placed on the November 1996 ballot and passed. The Department of County Lands is responsible for coordinating this program. For more information on the Conservation Lands Program or to find out about nominating a property for consideration, CLICK HERE.