Lay of the Land April 4th, 2014 Florida Conference

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The Land Report Top Ten: Spring 2014

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Immensely valuable coastal properties sweep gold, silver, and bronze! – The Editors 1. NEW! Copper Beech Farm (Connecticut): $130 million A relic of Old Greenwich, this 50-acre estate (pictured above) is the last of its kind and includes two islands

Posted in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Feature, Field Reporters, Florida, Massachusetts, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, West, Wyoming

Equestrian Roundup: Florida’s Wellington

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What’s the cost per acre of land in the most expensive equestrian market in the U.S.? That’s the question I posed to Brad Scherer, a longtime broker in Florida’s Palm Beach County. Scherer’s Atlantic Western Realty Corporation is a full-service

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Posted in Equestrian, Eric OKeefe, Feature, Florida, South

2013 Land Report 100: No. 60-69

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No. 60 Mike Mechenbier 163,800 acres This cowboy philanthropist’s holdings — the Four Daughters Ranch, the Dockery-Collins, the Pie Ranch, and the Loveless-Romero — extend through four New Mexico counties. Mechenbier also manages nearly 2,000 acres in the Middle Rio

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Posted in Agriculture, California, Cattle, Conservation, Equestrian, Feature, Field Reporters, Florida, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Pacific, South, Southwest, Texas, Timber, Utah, Washington, Water, West

Equestrian Roundup: Florida’s Payson Park

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Over the years Virginia Kraft Payson’s adventures have ranged from hunting wild game to piloting hot-air balloons, to sports fishing and dog sled competitions. But the owner of Florida’s Payson Park Thoroughbred Training Center in Indiantown is perhaps best known

Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Florida, Nancy Myers, South

Supreme Court Sides With Landowners

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In Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the high court finds it unconstitutional to use the permitting process as a tool of extortion. When Coy Koontz filed an application for a permit to develop 3.7 acres of a

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Field Reporters, Florida, South, Water

For Sale: Florida’s Hobe Sound Polo Club

More than $20 million has been invested in developing this strategically located facility, which sits north of Palm Beach off I-95. The polo club’s centerpiece is a 120-acre equestrian complex that includes five regulation polo fields, two stick and ball

Posted in Equestrian, Feature, Field Reporters, Florida

On the Block: Sovereign Oaks

12871 South Highway 475, Ocala, FL. Auction to be held onsite with online bidding available. Listing details: Corporate office with beautiful views, three bedrooms, two bathrooms. Newly renovated home for guests/manage. Six stall stallion barn with breeding shed and office/apartment.

Posted in Auctions, Feature, Florida

Our Holiday Gift to You: The Story of Taylor’s Trees

Most everyone who knew Taylor Emmons marveled at his athletic abilities, sense of sportsmanship, love of the outdoors, and his empathetic nature. His untimely passing was felt by thousands, as evidenced by the capacity crowd at his celebration of life

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Posted in Dogs, Feature, Florida, Maine, Nancy Myers, Northeast, South, Timber

Florida: “It’s Almost Like a Fire Sale”

A University of Florida study has put a staggering number on just how badly the economic crisis has impacted rural land values in the Sunshine State. The study concludes that land values plummeted upwards of 55 percent in 2008 from

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Posted in Developers, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Taxes, Texas

3 – Brad Kelley -1.7 million acres

Last year we were correct in reporting that Kelley was one of the ten largest landowners in the U.S. The only problem was Kelley’s multi-state holdings rank him third on the Land Report 100, not seventh, a fact that was

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