By MARTHA McCLAIN
Special to the PRESS
As planning for a proposed 23-acre ecology-oriented visitors’ center in Laguna Vista advances on the Cameron County level, Town Council members Tuesday agreed that US Fish and Wildlife participation should be considered.
Boyd Blihovde, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge manager, addressed officials here to ask that a portion of the land be set aside for a center to be operated by US Fish and Wildlife to allow visitor access to the Bahia Grande project. The land would serve as part of a corridor connecting the Wildlife Refuge through Laguna Vista to the Bahia Grande which would at a future time include walk and bike trails as well as access to kayaking and other recreational activities.
One acre of the tract on the town’s property line would be sufficient to fulfill the agency’s needs, Blihovde said. He proposed a three-way agreement with the Town, Cameron County and Fish and Wildlife Service. He approached the Council, he said, as a result of incomplete efforts to work with the county.
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