ENGLEWOOD — Riding in a golf cart through Wildflower Preserve on Gasparilla Pines Boulevard in Englewood is more than a little ironic, considering that six years ago the location was just another of the more than 1,200 golf courses in Florida.
Today, what was once the Wildflower Golf Club is quickly returning to its natural state of woodland, water and wildlife, but it didn’t happen overnight. When the golf course first closed in 2006, developers wanted to build condominiums. Public outcry and the economy derailed that plan, and the Lemon Bay Conservancy stepped in and bought the property, according conservancy board member Eva Furner.
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