Deal Could Be Close as Maho Bay Campground Lease Nears End

Maho Bay Campground’s lease will expire in July 2011.

With the end of Maho Bay Campground’s lease fast approaching, the Trust for Public Land is rumored to be close to brokering a deal to purchase the 14-acre privately owned property, which would likely be leased back to the eco-resort.

TPL’s Southwest Florida and Caribbean Field Office Director John Garrison said recently that while he can’t comment on the status of the land acquisition, he hopes to have news to share with the public soon.

“We’re in a nondisclosure agreement with the landowners, so at this point I’m not at liberty to make any comments at all,” said Garrison. “Complex real estate agreements can’t be done in the press, and we respect confidentiality. It’s in our best interests to keep this thing going forward and to keep it under wraps.”

Maho’s 37-year lease expires in January 2012, and there are plans to close down the campground in July 2011.