MANATEE -- A plan by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to sell 6.9 acres of publicly owned land as surplus took a step forward Thursday.
The Manatee County Planning Commission tentatively OK'd the water management district's request for a future land use map amendment. If the plan receives final approval, it would change the parcel near Frog Creek from "conservation" to "mixed use" status.
The land at the intersection of Interstate 275 and U.S. 41 is part of a larger, 127-acre site the water district bought with state Florida Forever conservation funds with the intent of restoration.
Almost 1,400 acres of public land overseen by the Southwest Florida Water Management District has been listed as surplus, with plans to sell it in order to buy more valuable new acquisitions, officials have said.
Other state water management districts are also reviewing public lands in order to identify suitable parcels for sale.
A final decision on the matter will be made by the Manatee County Commission.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.