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Hillsborough's environmental lands acquisition program celebrates silver anniversary listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: ELAPP, Hillsborough County, environment, Jan Platt, Frank Chillura, Temple Terrace, Mark Sharpe, Sandra Murman

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Supporters are celebrating the silver anniversary of a program to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. 25 years ago under the leadership of former county commissioner Jan Platt, the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program started buying up properties in Hillsborough.

“More voters voted for this than they did for anything else on the ballot and it also passed by the greatest margin. That ought to tell the politicians something when they sit and vot...

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Hillsborough's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program considers buying two new properties listen

10/29/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program will consider purchasing two new sites in the Tampa Bay area at a meeting Monday night.

WMNF’s Janelle Irwin spoke with Forest Turbiville, from the county’s Parks, Recreation and Conservation department about what the plans mean for residents.

The meeting Monday at 6 p.m. will be on the 18th floor of the County Center on Kennedy Boulevard in downtown Tampa. Members of the public are invited to comment....

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ELAPP to purchase land to protect near Little Manatee River and Cypress Creek listen

08/09/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) held a meeting last night to accept nominations for new sites to purchase. There were none. But the team did accept two nominations for boundary modifications to existing ELAPP properties.

Another victim of a failing economy reared its ugly head last night. Partnerships with state organizations to maximize ELAPP resources were once a readily available luxury. The organization began in 1987 with the intention o...

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ELAPP members remain optimistic about land preservation in Hillsborough despite state cuts listen

07/21/11 Aaron Dalley
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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On Monday, the board for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Land Acquisition and Protection Program, or ELAPP, met for the first time since the new Florida state budget took effect. In that budget, $305 million of environmental land acquisition money was eliminated. But ELAPP board members remain hopeful. Forest Turbiville, section manager for regional parks and conservation services in Hillsborough County, said the cuts are affecting partnering agencies more.

"The cutting of Florida F...

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Hillsborough County Commission Approves ELAPP Cone Ranch Purchase listen

02/17/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted 6-0 today to transfer Cone Ranch from the county water utility to its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP).

The purchase will take place using $11.8 million in ELAPP bond money, which Utilities and Commerce Administrator Mike Merrill said was less than what he was hoping for.

Water Utility Director Paul Vanderploog said that not transferring the land for the price of a full assessed value that may have total...

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Hillsborough commission to transfer Cone Ranch to ELAPP for book value listen

01/21/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This afternoon, the Hillsborough County Commission took another step in protecting Cone Ranch. In a six to one vote, the Commissioners, including Kevin Beckner, agreed the twelve thousand acre property north of Plant City should be transferred to the county’s land preservation program.

In 2008, county residents voted to increase funding for its Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, [ELAPP](http://www.hillsboroughco...

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Citizens debate fate of Cone Ranch transfer to ELAPP listen

01/12/10 Concetta DeLuco
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Controversy continues to surround the fate of Cone Ranch. Last night, a heated discussion by a citizen advisory panel for Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Preservation Program or ELAPP continued over how to preserve the 12,000 acres of Cone Ranch.

Cone Ranch is owned by Hillsborough County and has been managed by the county’s water utility since 1991. Debate about what to do with the property began months ago when a local business group offered to facilitate t...

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County to Follow Cone Ranch Recommendations listen

12/16/09 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners approved a motion to accept the recommendations of a Cone Ranch advisory board. It would allow the County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program to purchase the nearly 13,000 acres of land that constitute Cone Ranch.

The land, which the county water utility currently owns, is a vital part of the Hillsborough River watershed.

Some, like Mariella Smith of the ELAPP committee had concern that the land would fall int...

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Cone Ranch purchase recommended by ELAPP panel listen

09/17/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Hillsborough County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, or ELAPP, may be in the market to buy the site north of Plant City known as Cone Ranch. The nearly 13,000 acre property is owned by the county’s water department but has been coveted by a group of investors known as the Florida Conservation and Environmental Group, or FCEG.

In May,...

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Cone Ranch panel defeats proposal to end consideration of land sale to private owners listen

07/20/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The advisory panel tasked with recommending to the Hillsborough County Commission whether to sell Cone Ranch met for the second time this morning. In a four-to-three vote, the Cone Ranch Environmental Advisory Panel narrowly defeated a motion that would have guaranteed that the property north of Plant City would stay in county hands. But that does not mean the panel will accept a proposal to sell the land to private owners.

After only one ful...

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