The state intends to buy a huge chunk of land in the Everglades currently permitted for oil and gas drilling, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday
The 20,000-acre purchase from a Miami family who made their fortune in real estate would be the largest land acquisition in a decade and would prevent oil drilling close to Broward County’s western border.
“This will permanently save the land from oil production,” DeSantis said. “With this acquisition, there will be nearly 600,000 acres of wetlands in water conservation area three that will be protected by public ownership for recreation and restoration.”
The Kanter family agreed to sell the land for $16.5 million, but that price goes up to $18 million if the state doesn’t close the deal by June 30.