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Hernando deadline on land deal passes quietly

BROOKSVILLE — The County Commission's 24-hour deadline for property owners to agree to sell their land for a road project passed without a response on Wednesday.

Commissioners on Tuesday had agreed to offer the Alexsuk family's two trusts $670,300 for the 22 acres needed to extend Corporate Boulevard near the airport to County Line Road.

That offer was made with the understanding that the county had another option: Using county-owned utility property.

The representative of the trusts has told the county that the owners would sell for $1,349,400, which is $100,000 more than an earlier offer made by the county. The combined appraisal of the various parcels is $446,900.

With the assurance that the Florida Department of Transportation was willing to talk about extending its June 30 deadline to match the cost of the project, the commissioners gave the Alexsuk trusts until 12:15 p.m. Wednesday to agree to the purchase.

After that deadline passed, Commissioner Dave Russell left a budget workshop to meet with DOT representatives to discuss the time extension.

The road connection is expected to open up access to the southern portion of the airport property, an area where more development of the airport business and industrial park is envisioned.

While a new alignment would require the county to re-engineer the road project, the savings from not overpaying for the property would still make it an attractive option.

Reach Barbara Behrendt at behrendt @sptimes.com or (352) 848-1434.

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