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UPDATE: Gov. Scott, Cabinet approve land deals

Rick Scott
Posted at 6:15 AM, Mar 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-07 08:03:17-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have approved buying land to add to a National Guard training site and a north Florida spring.

A land purchase request by Florida State University also was approved.

Scott and Cabinet members Thursday approved a $2.1 million deal to buy land around Camp Blanding in Starke. The extra space is needed to buffer against noise from artillery training. The federal government will contribute $1.5 million toward the purchase.

They also OK'd $1.5 million for more than 600 acres around Wakulla Springs to save it from development and protect the underground water.

And they gave approval for nearly $2.6 million for two privately-owned parcels inside Florida State's campus to allow for the eventual building of a new film school.