St. Joe Land Deal

There was a setback Tuesday for the largest landowner in the state.

Saint Joe Company, which owns three percent of all the land in the state, was hoping the governor and Cabinet would approve its plan for a massive development on Saint James Island in Franklin County.

But a group of Franklin County residents hired attorney Ross Burnaman to oppose the plan.

“The plan was crammed through without going through the special area of plan for Saint James Island that was promised as a result of the Summer Camp settlement."

Burnamen went on to say, "And they don’t plan for planning time frames. The land is basically unsuitable in large areas. It’s in a coastal high hazards area, wetlands, floodplain, soils aren’t suitable.”

The governor and cabinet sided with the residents and sent the plan back to the Franklin County Commission in Apalachicola.

But Saint Joe hasn’t given up. It expects the county to approve the plan again and send it back to the Cabinet in two weeks time.


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