The FLRDA has a real estate option that protects it until the end of the 2014 session. Jackson isn’t worried about extending the option for another three years.
The project must stay on the SPC radar for a solution instead of the current stagnant state. Jones said no one has made a formal offer.
“If the state can agree on our terms of how to get paid, we can move forward. I think that’s where we are right now,” the senator said. “That land isn’t going anywhere. Let us get it ready for some kind of development as we acquire takers for the property.”
Jones added it’s either make a deal with the FLRDA or move to Plan B.
“If we can’t come up with a compromise, they need to let us know, so we can look at other options. We are wasting a lot of people’s time and resources just negotiating this,” Jones said.
Poyner said the SPC understands the local frustration. Currently, this deal is like some other state properties in Baldwin County that don’t seem to be going anywhere.
“They feel for us,” he said. “It’s going to be tough to get our hands around.”
Melvin mentioned job creation and the support for local industry factors.
“We want to support local industry and creation of jobs,” Melvin said. “I know the state is sensitive to the needs of the local economy and certainly wants to work something out.”
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