Should Cone Ranch Be Privatized?11/12/09 Robert Lorei
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Earlier this year a group of businessmen proposed that Hillsborough County consider selling some of the 12,000 acres of pasture and scrub land in Eastern Hillsborough County known as Cone Ranch to a non-profit called the Florida Conservation and Environmental Group. In turn that organization wanted to subdivide Cone Ranch into six 2,000-acre parcels and resell the parcels to private owners. A smaller plot -- 800 acres -- would remain in public hands.
Environmentalists and others are concerned about the proposal. And they think the privatization proposal is not in the public interest.
Weâ€™re joined now by Kent Bailey and Mariella Smith a member of the ELAPP General Committee which recently re-ranked Cone Ranch among the top priorities for acquisition.