Governments may soon own more than half of Florida
By TWILA VALENTINE Minton, District 78, when he held a re- Rep. Minton, 4 million acres in Florida Lake Okeechobee for water conserva-
If state, federal and local governmen- cent town meeting in Okeechobee. Cur- are in federal ownership. The state tion areas for Everglades restoration. i
tal agencies are able to acquire all the rently, he said 7.7 million acres of land claims 1.3 million acres in its owner- Other governmental agencies, such
lands they have targeted for public use, in Florida are in government ownership ship in addition to the 7 million acres it as counties and cities own 500,000
6.3 million acres, soon more than half and another 7.0 million acres are claims sovereign ownership on. acres statewide. Currently, urban areas
the land area in the state of Florida will sovereign-owned lands, and the two The five water management districts cover 7.8 million acres of land, or 20.8
belong to various governments, comprise 39.2 percent of the total land throughout the state currently own 1.9 percent. According to the figures re-
The state has 37.5 million acres of area in the state. million acres of land which it will use leased by Rep. Minton, another 5 mil-
land and 21 million acres, or 56 per- Rep. Minton said he had often heard for conservation and wetland use. A lion acres, or 13.3 percent, statewide
cent, are either in government owner- the comment that government owned large portion of those targeted lands are slated for urban growth.
ship or slated to be purchased by gov- half the state already, and he re- will be obtained by the South Florida Less than 10 percent of the land, or
ernmental agencies, searched the numbers to see how close Water Management District both in the 3.7 million acres, r nain that are cur-
Those were the facts presented last those comments were to reality. Upper Chain of Lakes, in the Kissim- rently in rural use or slated for rural or
month by Florida Legislature Rep. Rick According to the figures released by mee River Valley, as well as south of agricultural use in the future.