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Florida Renegotiates Largest U.S. Land Purchase of 2008

The $1.75 billion purchase by the state of Florida of 187,000 acres in the Everglades belonging to U.S. Sugar has been renegotiated and substantially bettered. The state will no longer take title to the company’s high-tech mill, its citrus processing plant,

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Posted in Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, South, Topics, Water

Yellowstone Club Files for Bankruptcy

The world’s only private ski and golf community has sought bankruptcy protection. The Yellowstone Club, an exclusive 13,400-acre retreat in Montana’s Gallatin Mountains whose members include Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates and former vice president Dan Quayle, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in

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Posted in Bankruptcy, Developers, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Top Ethanol Producer Files For Bankruptcy

One of the leading stories of 2008 has been skyrocketing commodity prices and the corresponding surge in land values throughout the Midwest, Great Plains, Southwest, and other mineral-rich areas of the country. Although the bubble has by no means burst, there

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Midwest, News Desk, Regional News, Topics

JOE Reports 3Q Loss

Florida’s largest private landowner, The St. Joe Company, reported a third quarter net loss of $19.2 million (21 cents a share) on Tuesday. JOE’s President and CEO Britt Greene cited the global financial crisis and the dowturn in the Florida.

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, South, Timber, Topics

Land Report Library: First Shooting Light

I don’t know about you, but the books I single out as worthy of going in the Land Report Library aren’t the ones I take out to the country. They are the ones that send me there when I don’t

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Posted in Feature, News Desk

Property Tax Appeals on the Rise

Last week we took note of the great disparity in property tax rates from state to state with New Jersey levying an astounding $2,642 per citizen on the high end and Alabama charging its citizens an average of $477 by comparison. Now Investor’s Business Daily

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Residential Property, Taxes, Topics

Ted Turner Tops the 2008 Land Report 100

For the second year in a row, Ted Turner take top honors as America’s largest landowner with more than a dozen properties totaling more than 2 million acres. Add to this more than 100,000 acres in Argentina, where he owns

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Farming, Feature, Great Plains, Hunting, Minerals, News Desk, Pacific, Recreation, South, Southwest, Timber, West

Steamboat Springs Preservation Ranch Takes the Gold

It always amazes me when someone takes the time to go above and beyond the call of duty to improve an already one-of-a-kind piece of property. The idea is to take some great place and make it even more over

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Developers, Eddie Lee Rider, Equestrian, Feature, News Desk, Recreation, Regional News, Residential Property, Topics, West

Lessons of the Barnett Shale

Although I don’t agree with the conclusion of this excellent article in Sunday’s Dallas Morning News – that the biggest mineral play in the U.S. has gone bust – there is a lot of good hands-on reporting by Elizabeth Souder

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

America’s Largest Landowner Bucks Down Market

On Monday, Plum Creek Timber Company (NYSE:PCL) reported a 17 percent increase in third quarter earnings to $69 million on revenues of $414 million compared to year-ago earnings of $59 million on revenues of $407 million. At 40 cents a

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Posted in Equities, Eric OKeefe, Feature, News Desk, Topics

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