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County to buy marina land
Vote draws strong reaction from crowd
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Both boos and applause marked the April meeting of the Liberty County commissioners, booing when the board moved ahead with a Colonels Island water-front land purchase, and applause for Commissioner Marion Stevens when he cast the single vote against the deal.
Although the county is moving forward with the transaction, there has been no confirmation of the site, price or other information.
Many Liberty Countians, including the crowds who attended the last two commission meetings, believe the county is purchasing several lots on Cattle Hammock Road, near Bermuda Bluff subdivision, to construct a marina for public use. The rumored price is $1.54 million.
State law requires bodies including the county commission to meet and vote in public, but allows discussion of a few exempt matters -- like real estate -- out of the public eye.
In other business, the commission called a referendum for July 15 to let voters decide if they want to give the board the authority to allow and regulate alcohol sales on Sundays.
The commissioners denied a request that would have allowed a concrete plant to be placed in the area formerly reserved for workforce housing in the development authority's Tradeport West business park.
The commission followed Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission's recommendation to rezone the area, but denied construction of the concrete plant there.
Robin Shader of the Liberty County branch of the Live Oak Library gave each commissioner a copy of the science fiction novel "Fahrenheit 451," and explained the Big Read program. Big Read makes a selected book widely available and encourages people to read and discuss it.
"Fahrenheit 451" is set in a future world in which the government suppresses the flow of information.
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