Rural

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The private board in charge of handing out funds from the BP oil spill is developing its application process. But sparsely populated Gulf Coast counties are worried they could lose out on some of the settlement money.

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County and state officials are investigating reports of vandalism at North Florida oyster farms. According to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, navigational markers were tampered with at oyster aquaculture operations in Skipper Bay. 

A picture of a gas station
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Commercial development in rural Leon County is being limited. Commissioners approved changes to the county’s land codes Tuesday night. But some groups want even more restrictions on development.

The Commission’s vote caps the number of gas stations allowed at 27. That’s a decrease from the 200 previously allowed under the old plan.

The decision came as part of a push to prevent what some call extensive commercialization in Leon’s most rural areas.