Palm Beach County commissioners on Tuesday tentatively agreed to unload Mecca Farms, the 1,900-acre citrus grove once envisioned for The Scripps Research Institute, for $26 million — about $75 million less than it cost to buy and maintain.
Commissioners voted unanimously to sell 1,750 acres of the property to the South Florida Water Management District, which plans to use the land to store and move water needed to restore the Loxahatchee River. The commission tentatively agreed that the remaining 150 acres should be donated to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for a public shooting range.
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The county commission took the following actions:
- Mecca Farms: Conceptually approved the sale of Mecca Farms to the South Florida Water Management District for $26 million.
- Shooting range: Conceptually approved the donation of 150 acres of the Mecca Farms property to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which plans to build a public shooting range next to the J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area.
- All-terrain vehicle park: Agreed to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of opening an ATV park on county-owned property near 20 Mile Bend.
- Pope Farms: Agreed to reimburse Pope Farms $15,000 for expenses it incurred as part of a bid to lease the Mecca Farms site for farming.