Manatee County boasts yet another prime ecological jewel with the grand opening of the Neal Preserve last week.
Nature lovers will get a double bonus since the Perico Island preserve is just a short distance from the wildly popular Robinson Preserve.
On Palma Sola Bay, the 120-acre Neal Preserve gives the county almost 30,000 acres of natural conservation lands -- and countless numbers of visitors to those outdoor assets.
Kudos to Pat Neal for donating $6.9 million toward the purchase price of his land, which he has held since 1982.
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This is one more reason Manatee County is a great place to live -- and visit.