Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week will consider a proposal to spend $1.58 million to help conserve about 1,000 acres of land in Highlands County. The proposal involves buying what is known as a “perpetual conservation easement” on 1,034 acres of ranch land owned by S.Y. Hartt & Son, Inc. The Hartt family bought the northern Highlands County property in 1939 and has used it for ranching and other agricultural activities, according to a Cabinet agenda item. Under conservation easements, landowners typically can continue to use the property for such things as agriculture but cannot develop it. Scott and the Cabinet will meet Tuesday at the Capitol.
(from The News Service of Florida)
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