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Friday, September 29, 2006

State cancels announcement on Avatar

Published Sep. 28, 2006
Friday's public ceremony was to seal the deal on thousands of acres near Silver Springs.

The state's Florida Forever program, which buys land for conservation, has spent money in this year's budget for other projects, Baxley said. So, the state did not have ready funds to buy the more than 4,000 acres of environmentally-sensitive land near Silver Springs owned by Avatar Corp.

The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit land conservation organization, stepped forward with offers to buy the land and hold it in safekeeping until the state's new budget is approved and Florida Forever has money to buy the land from the Trust, Baxley said

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