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The District has parcels for sale as part of its surplus lands program. Many of these parcels will be sold “as-is,” and others will be sold with the District retaining a conservation easement with certain restrictions. If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these parcels, contact the District’s Real Estate Section at (352) 796‑7211, ext. 4222.
Why Does the District Surplus Land?
- Land may have been acquired for a specific project that is no longer being pursued, or the project is completed and the land is no longer needed.
- Land may have been acquired as part of a much larger acquisition project and the identified parcel does not contribute substantially to the conservation objectives of the District.
- Land may provide environmental benefit but would be better suited for maintenance by others due to size or location. The conservation objectives of the acquisition will be protected by the District retaining a conservation easement (or similar instrument) over the land. A conservation easement is a legal document used to restrict the types of activities that can occur on a property. This option retains environmental protection but returns land to private ownership.
Benefits of Surplus Lands Process
- Protects lands with water resource benefits
- Generates revenue to buy lands with higher water resource value
- Reduces land management costs
- Puts surplus lands back on the tax roll