Cabinet eyes land deals in North Florida, Miami-Dade

By The News Service of Florida
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week will consider selling 82 acres of land in Miami-Dade County for an economic-development project, while also looking to preserve a chunk of rural North Florida.

Scott and the Cabinet would sell the 82 acres north of Hialeah to Miami-Dade County for $12.3 million, according to a summary posted online. The property ultimately would be used by a private developer.

The Cabinet summary does not provide details of the development plan but says it would involve a requirement that at least 5,000 jobs be created within 10 years.

Also during next Tuesday's meeting, Scott and the Cabinet will consider paying $387,000 for what is known as a "perpetual conservation easement" on a 238-acre tract in rural Putnam County.

The land is owned by Wayne and Patsy Smith, who are part of a longtime farming family in an area that borders Putnam and St. Johns counties near the town of Hastings.

The 238 acres includes pine trees and 56 acres of pasture, according to the summary.

Conservation easements typically allow landowners to continue to use the property but include restrictions aimed at preserving the land from such activities as development. 

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