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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.