Palm Beach County Administrator Bob Weisman will recommend to the county commission that it accept $26 million for Mecca Farms — the 1,900-acre fallow former citrus grove that has cost the county $100 million in a failed attempt to lure biotech to the site.
The board of the South Florida Water Management District voted today to buy the site for $26 million, which comes to 26 cents for every dollar the county spent to buy the land and remove thousands of orange trees, with the hope that the Scripps Research Institute would root itself there and build a bio-tech research park. Instead, Scripps chose to settle at the Florida Atlantic University campus in Jupiter.
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