In conjunction with the Wetlandsbank Group (, which developed the state’s first successful mitigation bank, the Barron Collier Companies has created Panther Island Mitigation Bank, which is restoring a 2,775-acre area to the highest environmental standards in exchange for the issuance of credits for road construction and development. Its design incorporates important new techniques that enhance ecological value; as one example, a tiered marsh system was installed to afford wood storks, white pelicans, and sand hill cranes a continuous food source, even in abnormally high or low water conditions. When complete, it will be gifted, together with a perpetual maintenance fund, to the adjacent Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.