State could protect Northeast Florida site

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Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet next week are expected to consider a proposal that could help protect 1,863 acres of land in St. Johns and Flagler counties.

Scott and Cabinet members will decide whether to spend $838,350 to acquire what is known as a conservation easement on the site, which is 10 miles southeast of the St. Johns County community of Hastings.

Conservation easements typically protect land from development, while allowing owners to continue using the properties for such things as agriculture.

The proposal going before Scott and the Cabinet on Dec. 13 involves a site that is 90 percent wetlands, according to an agenda item.

The conservation easement would be acquired from C. Perry Smith, according to the agenda.