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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Marion County land buy bars development plans

Published October 24, 2006
A 4,500-acre swath of environmentally sensitive land north of Ocala that developers once planned to flatten and carve into a 14,000-home subdivision will be spared that fate.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials announced Monday they struck a deal with Avatar Properties Inc. to buy the mixed farm and forest land for $76.2 million and turn the area that helps replenish the pristine Silver River into conservation land.

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