Florida Delays Giving Nearly 30,000 Acres to Feds

By: AP
By: AP

Tallahassee, Florida (AP) --

A proposal to donate nearly 30,000 acres of state lands in South Florida to the Big Cypress National Preserve has hit a snag.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet delayed action
Tuesday, September 28 because the National Park Service has not yet completed a management plan for the land.

Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson is worried the plan
might prohibit hunting, the eradication of invasive species and use
of mechanical firefighting equipment.

The deal also calls for the federal government to pay the state
$4 million because Florida is providing more than its 20 percent
share of the joint land acquisition project.

Florida has spent $19 million and the National Park Service $56
million for a combined $75 million.

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