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LUKENS PROPERTY UPDATE…
from the editor
November 10, 2015

More information has come to light of late;  it is abbreviated below.  The bottom line is still the same: all discussions thus far involve express denial of public access to the Lukens Tract.  

SYNOPSIS OF OCTOBER 13, 2015,
TOPPING PRESENTATION TO THE SRWMD LANDS COMMITTEE

The Toppings made two “offers” to the Suwannee River Water Management District on October 13, 2015.  Both “swaps” involve denial of public access to the Lukens Tract.

THE SWAPS / EXCHANGES

The first involves:
Donation of ownership of parcels of land Parcels 1 and 5 (combined) 2, or 3, to the SRWMD  in exchange for fee ownership of District lands on either side of the Topping’s current property within the Lukens Tract.  The exchange expressly eliminates   public access to the Lukens Tract.

In effect, for one or two small properties (see property sizes below) which are geographically separated from SRWMD other properties, and thus difficult to manage, the Toppings acquire nearly the entire Lukens Tract with no public access.

The second involves:
Donate fee ownership of Parcel 4 in exchange for the removal of public access through the Topping land on Lukens Tract. 

In effect, for one less-than-on- acre-sized property, which is geographically separated from SRWMD other properties, and thus difficult to manage, the Toppings get nearly the entire Lukens Tract with no public access.

THE PROPERTIES AND THE NUMBERS

Parcel 1 is  9.56 acres of coastal estuary, tidal marsh, fresh water wetlands, some uplands.
Parcel 2 is 0.94 acres of mostly uplands and some coastal estuary.
Parcel 3 is 1.54 acres of mostly coastal estuary and some uplands.
Parcel 4 is 0.92 acres of mostly coastal estuary and some uplands.
Parcel 5 is  0.19 acres of coastal estuary.
 
Some of these parcels are underwater.

According to the Levy County Tax records as of today, some of these parcels are not currently owned by the Toppings.

The land the Toppings want to the east and the west of their currently-owned Lukens Tract property is approximately 28 acres.

MORE INFORMATION?

If you would like to have the entire October 13, 2015 agenda packet, do not hesitate to e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ad we will forward it.  Maps are included.

Cedar Key News is currently investigating and will report upon two very unclear concepts:

  • conservation easements, how they are written and how they figure into such exchanges;
  • the possibility that if these exchanges do not involve money, that there is no need to put the properties up for bid to the public.

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