Fort Myers Florida Weekly

February 8, 2017


Free screening set for film on Six Mile Cypress Slough


FGCU students Alex Hibbeln, Daniel Berenzy, Silence Dengler, Justin Clark, Victoria Blaine and Krista Sinclair made the film. COURTESY PHOTOA free film screening about the history of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Conservation 20/20 is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Interpretive Center, 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers.

The 25-minute film recently was produced by students from Florida Gulf Coast University as part of a civics engagement class project at the university. The screening will be the film’s public premiere.

The students conducted interviews with key historical players who helped to protect the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, establishing it more than 40 years ago as one of Lee County’s earliest conservation areas. The film also includes interviews with local conservation advocates who proposed a referendum in 1996 that established the Conservation 20/20 program, Lee County’s current preservation land management and acquisition program. The program returned to the ballot as a nonbinding referendum for Lee County voters in November 2016, receiving 84 percent majority support.

The film also includes footage of wildlife and natural scenes within the Slough and several Conservation 20/20 preserves. Following the screening, the film students will be joined by staff from Conservation 20/20 and Lee County’s Parks & Recreation Department to discuss the film and answer questions.

Reservations are required in advance to attend this film screening. Call Conservation 20/20 Coordinator Jason Boeckman at 204-1125 to make a reservation. Space is limited. Parking is free.

For more information about Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, visit For more information about Conservation 20/20, visit ¦