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Key senator defends DEP's process for identifying surplus land to be sold

Susan Grandin, director of DEP's Division of State Lands, discusses the state land-buying program during a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A senator who plays a key role in writing the state budget for environmental agencies on Wednesday defended the Florida Department of Environmental Protection against what he deemed unfair criticism of its land-selling program.

The 2013-14 state budget allowed DEP to sell up to $50 million worth of land no longer needed for conservation and use the proceeds to buy more conservation land. The initial proposed list of 5,330 acres in August prompted an outcry from various environmental groups and residents living near some of the parcels.

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