Parts of Terra Ceia Preserve State Park removed from 'surplus' land list

skennedy@bradenton.comSeptember 3, 2013 

MANATEE — Parts of Terra Ceia Preserve State Park have been removed from a preliminary list of more than 5,000 acres that Florida officials are considering selling as “surplus” land.

State officials have removed the 13.1 acres separated from the main body of the Terra Ceia Preserve that were previously on the list, according to a state Department of Environmental Protection website.

Still on the list are 19.4 acres at Lake Manatee State Park, according to the website. The park’s entrance sign is located on the strip of land along Dam Road that could be up for sale.

The list has shrunk after objections from officials in various counties to a plan to sell off parts of state parks and preserves in order to finance new acquisitions.

The roughly 5,300 acres on the initial list comprised less than 0.2 percent of all Board of Trustees-owned land, which is roughly 3 million acres.

“Ultimately, our goal is to upgrade what conservation land the state owns, and buy more valuable conservation land,” Patrick Gillespie, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said last month.

“Florida has the most robust conservation land-buying program in the nation, and the department intends to purchase even more valuable conservation land to protect our natural resources,” he said.

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