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December 19th, 2006 by Mike Vasilinda

Jeb Bush and the Florida Cabinet today approved the purchase and preservation of hundreds of acres of land in Central Florida. The Wekiva Ocala Greenway includes more than 15-hundred acres, some of which will be used for an expansion of an expressway around Orlando. Surrounding acreage will be protected from development. Outgoing Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen Castille says the 74-million dollar purchase goes a long way toward protecting the Wekiva River and pristine surrounding property. Outgoing DEP Secretary Colleen Castille says the purchase fits “It is the second of four properties to be recommended for acquisition in the Wakiva report, so that’s a significant – it is our Central Park, but it’s Central Park for Florida.”
The purchase price of the property will be spread among the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority, the state, St. Johns River Water Management District, and Lake and Orange Counties.

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