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Indian River Lagoon will benefit from land trust's purchase of 100 acres in Vero Beach

VERO BEACH — The long stretch of green, undeveloped land along the Indian River Lagoon north of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge will stay that way: green and undeveloped.

The Indian River Land Trust this month bought 65 acres on the lagoon's western shoreline and now owns the land from just south of the bridge 2 miles north to Oak Harbor.

"It will all be green forever," said Ken Grudens, executive director of the land trust.

The nonprofit trust, which was founded in 1990 to help save McKee Botanical Garden, now owns about 1,200 acres of environmentally sensitive land, including 12 miles of lagoon shoreline. 

The trust paid $3 million for the 65-acre parcel and another 35 acres along the western shore of the lagoon south of the Alma Lee Loy Bridge.

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