Florida sells 4 closed prisons, state land

State to receive $27 million for sales

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida is getting more than $27 million for selling off four closed prisons and other land around the state.

Gov. Rick Scott and the three members of the state Cabinet approved the sales on Tuesday.

The money will flow into the state fund that is used to purchase environmentally sensitive land. Environmentalists praised the deal, because during the recession the state curtailed greatly the amount of money it spent on acquiring conservation land.

The four shuttered prisons are located in central and South Florida: Broward, Hendry, Hillsborough and Palm Beach counties. They were all shut down as part of budget cutbacks.

The state also sold off land in Volusia and Miami-Dade counties. The Volusia parcel will be used to help start a motorsports program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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