Cabinet approves land purchase

Mar 20, 2012

The Florida cabinet has approved the purchase of two lots that are next to an historic property called The Grove.  Regan McCarthy reports officials say the purchase opens up the potential of turning the property into a museum or welcome center.

State officials would pay about 580-thousand dollars for the lots. Right now, The Grove, which is adjacent to the Governor’s mansion, is only accessible by a road that runs by mansion, but Secretary of State Ken Detzner says purchasing the plots would create new avenues for accessing the property.

“You can have the greatest piece of property. The greatest gem in the world, but if you don’t have access to it and allow people to get to it safely then you’ve defeated your purpose and the investment that we already have.”

Scott says some of the land could be used as parking for visitors at the planned museum.