BAHAMAS Commemorative Mango Tree Planted at Government House

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 21, 2017 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling (centre), along with Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis (centre left) and Minister of the Environment and Housing the Hon.  Romauld Ferreira (centre right), planted a Mango Tree in the Gardens of Government House to commemorate the planting of the 10,000th tree by the Ministry of the Environment, as part of a national Tree Planting Initiative, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img

State Purchases Development Rights for Parcel near NS Mayport

first_imgThe state of Florida will purchase the development rights for a 5.85-acre parcel west of Naval Station Mayport to protect the installation from incompatible development.The state will pay $630,000 for the parcel along the St. Johns River and acquire the development rights from the Jacksonville Port Authority. The deal does not prohibit residential or commercial development, reported News4Jax.“There are height restrictions, there are lighting restrictions,” said Rocky McPherson, vice president of military and defense programs at Enterprise Florida. “They can build things that are compatible with the Navy’s use of that base.”The purchase comes as the state works to ensure its military installations are well positioned in a future BRAC round.“We don’t know what is going to happen in ’17. That’s really speculative,” McPherson said. “But we don’t want to have a development that’s impinging upon the ability of the base to do its mission. And then when people start looking at bases and say, ‘that’s a problem,’ we want to avoid that.”The funds for the transaction come from a nearly $7.5 million fund the state Legislature added to the budget in 2014 for non-conservation purchases outside military bases. The state currently is negotiating the purchase of land or development rights for parcels adjacent to MacDill Air Force Base and Naval Support Activity Panama City, according to the story.The state has identified an additional 64 sites neighboring bases that could eventually be targeted in similar deals. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more