Sanibel Island residents support plan to sell Woodring Point estate to county

February 19, 2013 12:00PM

Woodring Point

Sanibel Island’s Woodring Point estate, home to former CIA chief Porter Goss, has hit the market with an asking price of $6 million, but will likely sell to a non-profit or state agency, the Press News reported. The estate, which is owned by the Woodring family, dates to the 1880s.

The 6.5-acre parcel, home to rare species whose territory preservationists have sought to protect, come with a handful of buildings, the News Press said.

“Woodring Point is part of the soul of the island,” Sanibel Island resident Tom Hanson told the paper.

Preservationists groups, which have broad community support, still need to raise enough funds to purchase the land, however. The Lee County Commission will vote on the proposed deal when negotiations are further along, but so far locals are in support of the plan, which would make the homes that are part of the estate into historic attractions upon the current owners’ death. [News Press] –Guelda Voien