Circle B Bar Reserve reopened Monday morning following cleanup work in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian and receding flood waters in the Banana Creek marsh and Lake Hancock’s shoreline.
Volunteers and county staffers have been working for weeks to clear debris in preparation for reopening. No major damage was reported to the Polk Nature Discovery Center.
Circle B has become an internationally-known ecotourism destination since its purchase and development under the Polk County Environmental Lands Program.
It is part of a network of county managed nature preserves purchased with taxes approved by voters in 1994.
A renewed effort to secure voter approval for additional environmental lands purchases in on the Nov. 8 ballot and a grassroots group called Polk Forever is reaching out for public support for its passage.
The referendum has been endorsed by a long list of local, regional and national organizations.
For more information on the ballot referendum, go to polkforever.com