Florida: State may buy burial ground





At one point this year, Manatee County officials were considering a purchase of Pillsbury Temple Mound to ensure the site's preservation.
Now they're trying to save the site, by just agreeing to trim the lawn at the ancient burial ground.

Conservation Lands Management Department Director Charlie Hunsicker in recent months has worked to protect the 1-acre site northwest of Bradenton from development.

Hunsicker's department had designs on purchasing and preserving the mound, but after property tax reform slashed the land conservation budget from $5 million to $2 million, there was no money, he said.

"The Board of County Commissioners and and our department are acting as a Realtor, bringing together a buyer and a seller," Hunsicker said.



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