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Florida Cabinet and governor vote to settle dispute over land near governor's mansion


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — Florida Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Cabinet are settling a land dispute that sparked acrimony and a handful of different lawsuits.

Scott and the Cabinet members voted Wednesday in favor of a settlement with Tallahassee attorney Steven Andrews.

Under the deal Andrews will be allowed to purchase land near the governor's mansion about a mile north of the state Capitol.

The Scott administration wanted the land as part of a plan to turn the adjacent historic home of former Gov. LeRoy Collins into a museum. Records have shown that Scott administration officials at one point discussed redeveloping the entire area into a "mansion park" that would be part of Scott's legacy.

Andrews insisted he had the right to purchase the property, which includes his law offices. He contended that Scott tried to block the deal because Andrews has been a persistent critic of the Republican governor.

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