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New high school in Bonita Springs may be built on conservation land

The landowners near a proposed new high school in Bonita Springs may be winning their fight as Lee County may get involved in building the school on conservation land.

You think of Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program, and you think of land being bought up to be restored and preserved. But one county commissioner said he has been approached about using the land for a new high school.

"As far as buying property for the school board, I have never heard of it," said George Wheaton, the longest standing member of the Conservation 20/20 Land Committee.

The Fort Myers native wants to preserve Pine Lake Preserve. Not build on it.

"The taxpayers bought this land for conservation. We didn't buy it to keep it around for use later," said Wheaton.

Commissioner Larry Kiker has been approached by members of the Lee County School Board and the city of Bonita Springs. They wanted to see whether or not the Pine Lake Preserve conservation land would be made available to build on.