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Bill condemned by environmentalists as public-land giveaway is likely dead, sponsor says

Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee member Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Rockledge, gestures while asking questions. Photo Credit: Mark Foley, Florida House of Representatives 11-1-11

A bill environmentalists say would result in the giveaway of thousands of acres of state land is likely dead this session, the bill's sponsor said Thursday.

HB 1103 deals with the dividing line between private land and public submerged land. Agriculture groups complain that landowners are required to pay taxes on property along waterways that usually is dry but is classified as state-owned because it occasionally floods.

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