Cabinet Considers 6,000-Acre Land Deal in Polk, Hardee

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet on Wednesday are expected to consider a proposed deal that could help preserve more than 6,000 acres of agricultural land in Polk and Hardee counties. Under the proposal, the state would pay $9.79 million for a conservation easement that would cover 6,071 acres owned by Crews Groves, Inc. …

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State Preserves More than 5,000 Acres of Environmentally Sensitive Ranch Lands

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

The Governor and Cabinet approved the preservation of 5,211 acres of environmentally sensitive ranch lands in Okeechobee and Highlands counties through cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future development of the land and allow agriculture operations to continue to contribute to Florida’s economy. The purchases are a part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, where the state partners with …

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Rural Lands Program Could Run Short of Cash

Dan Industry News Release

by Jim Turner The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet could spend about $8.5 million next week to conserve thousands of acres of land owned for decades by two ranching families. Such deals have become a widely used strategy in recent years to protect land from development. But the program that would pay for the …

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Cabinet Considers Nearly $7 Million Land Deal

Dan General

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week are expected to consider a nearly $7 million deal that would help protect 4,177 acres of land north of Lake Okeechobee. The proposal, which Scott and the Cabinet will take up May 23, involves buying what is known as “perpetual conservation easement” for the land about 15 miles north of the …