Florida sells off closed prisons and state land

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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 it used to purchase environmentally-sensitive lands. Environmentalists praised the deal because during the recession the state curtailed greatly the amount of money it spent on acquiring conservation lands.

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 other land in Volusia and Miami-Dade counties. The Volusia parcel will be used to help start a “motorsports” program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.