For immediate release - November 4, 2005
TAVARES — The Lake County Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council met Wednesday afternoon and continued the arduous process of evaluating properties for possible public acquisition.
"The Council is moving forward much more rapidly now that we have a staff member on board keeping it moving," said Commissioner Catherine Hanson. "I was impressed with the direction of the Council."
The Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council reviewed several properties at the monthly scheduled meeting and is considering recommending one to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.
"The Council had a good discussion regarding the list of submitted properties, and the process of purchasing one could very quickly move to the Board of County Commissioners," said David Hansen, Lake County's Public Lands Manager.
Lake County voters overwhelmingly approved a public lands referendum on Nov. 2, 2004. The citizens of Lake County voted for up to one-third mill of additional property tax to finance the issuance of $36 million in bonds for the acquisition and improvement of land to protect drinking water, improve water quality of rivers and lakes, protect open space and provide passive recreation areas.
Interested property owners can submit their properties for consideration by filling out an application. The Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council only considers properties from willing sellers. To obtain an application, call Hansen at (352) 343-9648, e-mail email@example.com or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov. Applications must meet four of the 13 established criteria for the program.
A list of criteria can be found at www.lakecountyfl.gov. The list encompasses three areas of primary concern: enhancing water resources, protecting environmentally sensitive lands and providing potential recreational lands.
Public Land Acquisition Advisory Council
Public Lands Management
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445