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Volusia County will ask state for Osteen easements to build East Central Florida Rail Trail
By Pat Andrews
posted Nov 29, 2013 - 9:29:37am
Some Osteen residents who hoped the Volusia County Council would protect their land from a type of eminent domain use had their hopes dashed during the Nov. 21 County Council meeting. Now, they are looking for a Plan B.
Osteen residents said they will not give up the fight. They plan to ask the state to turn down the county's request for release of easements to the county on 13 Osteen properties, Save Osteen Now founder Sheryl Manche said, and they will look into legal avenues they can pursue.
After hearing arguments pro and con a second time, the Volusia County Council voted 4-3 to ask the state for the easements to build the East Central Florida Regional Rail Trail along Osteen Maytown Road. To do that, the county is using a little-known provision of the law called the Murphy Act.
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