Manatee County may sell land to fair association

County to sell fairgrounds landit doesn't need

skennedy@bradenton.comMarch 28, 2013 

MANATEE -- County officials are drafting documents to sell some fairgrounds property to the fair's governing body -- the Manatee River Fair Association Inc.

The price would be $10 if the deal goes through, according to draft versions of the contract.

The fair association board set a special meeting for Monday in Palmetto to discuss the proposal, which is part of an ongoing county effort to sell property it does not need, according to the draft sale contract.

"It's consistent with the county administrative philosophy to get properties the county doesn't use off our books, and onto the books of the good stewards and organizations that use those properties," said Nick Azzara, county information outreach

coordinator.

The deal would not involve all fairgrounds property, said Fair Manager Daniel West.

"The entire fairgrounds are about 32 acres," West said. The sale could in-volve 15 to 17 acres, he said.

The nonprofit fair association board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the fairgrounds' Kendrick Auditorium.

"The issue before the board is to discuss the transfer of the fairgrounds to the fair association," West emailed to fair directors.

"If you are unable toattend the board meeting,a synopsis is being pre-pared that we can sendto you with a proxy vote."

The fairgrounds are at 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.com.

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