Petition Closed

Investigation of the Sale/Bid of the Closed Dozier School For Boys

The taxpayers of Florida have a vested interest in sales of state property and certain rights as citizens of the state of Florida to see that land is not sold for significantly less than it’s actual appraised value. An opening bid of $300,000 for 220 acres appraised by the State at Ten Million Dollars is not realistic. This petition is to see that this property is sold for its appraised price, and not sold for a fraction of its worth. In addition there is the possibility of unmarked human remains. This should be told to all prospective buyers.

July 24, 2013

 

Citizen's Petition 

To Investigate the;

Florida Department of Financial Services, 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection,

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, 

Florida Cabinet as Trustee’s of State Owned Lands, Proposed Sale of Dozier Property in Marianna, Florida

 

The Honorable Pam Bondi, Attorney General, State of Florida

Concourse Center 4

3507 E. Frontage Road. Suite 325

Tampa, Florida  33607-1795

 

 

Subject: Investigation of the Sale/Bid Process for 220 Acres of State Property in Marianna, Florida, Bid #BPLA2012-008

 

As a citizen of the State of Florida, I hereby petition the State Attorney General to commence an investigation into the proposed sale of 220 acres, a portion of the formerly and publicly known property as, The Florida Industrial School for Boys, a/k/a,The A.G. Dozier School for Boys, a/k/a The North Florida Youth Development Center, hereinafter referred to as the “Dozier School”.

 

If you contend that your office is not the proper State of Florida agency to investigate this matter, or does not have the authority to act upon this petition, please advise me of the proper State agency that has authority over this matter.

 

The above stated property offered for sale, with aforementioned Bid # BPLA2012-008, appraised by the state at approximately Ten Million Dollars, ($10,000,000.00 US dollars,) (see public references below). and being offered for sale to the general public, with the minimum opening bid set at $300,000.00 dollars.

 

I request that the State Attorney General intervene and investigate this matter for the following reasons:

The property is very close to Interstate I-10.   It would be an ideal location for any business that wished to use it for storage, warehouse distribution, and shipping from that location by tractor trailer, as is already demonstrated on the opposite side of Interstate 10, directly across Interstate from this parcel of land.  It is highly questionable, by reviewing industrial property values in Jackson County, those 220 acres anywhere else in that general location could be purchased for the low opening bid of $300,000. 

Since the land was turned over to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, it is, nevertheless, state owned property. It would certainly not be in the state's best interest to sell a piece of property valued at up to Ten Million dollars at a small fraction of the valued price.

The land contains sufficient standing timber, metals, piping, chain link fencing, buildings, and the like, of which the scrap value alone likely has marketable value in excess of the proposed opening bid, set by the State of Florida, of $300,000.00.

The taxpayers of Florida have a vested interest in sales of state property and certain rights as citizens of the state of Florida to see that land is not sold for significantly less than it’s actual appraised value.

Make public, the actual real estate valuation report the State used to arrive at an opening bid price, including the appraisers name and the company he represents, along with his/her city, county and State of Residence.

Make public the manner in which the State advertised this property for sale.

Make public the duration of time bids were accepted on the property.

Make public the bidders on the property and the amount of each bidder's actual bid.     

 

I further submit the State of Florida cannot sell this property: 

until it is determined whether or not unmarked burial sites are present on the property due to the former operation of the Florida Industrial School for Boys, a/ka, A.G. Dozier School for Boys, a/k/a, The North Florida Youth Development Center, the “Dozier School”.  As recent archeological research has already identified unmarked human burials on part of the property of the prior “Dozier School”, it is likely that unmarked human burials exist on the 220 acres being offered for sale.  Lacking evidence from the State that human burials do not exist on the 220 acres in questions, there is a danger that unmarked human burials will be damaged and or destroyed.

without proper written and documented title to the property stating via a “Deed Restriction”, The State of Florida, already having knowledge that no proper records were kept regarding burial locations upon the entire 1,400 acres of the “Dozier School” property, has an incumbent obligation, to inform any buyer, that the possibility of unmarked human remains may be present on the 220 acres being offered for sale and that any digging on that property must be in accordance with F.S. 872., and there shall be no “Exhumation” or “Excavation” of any remains without regard to historical and or archeological concepts or standards.

until any and all outstanding legal actions against the State of Florida concerning the “Dozier School” is settled or dismissed in a court of jurisdiction over the outstanding legal actions.

until an outside property appraiser with no affiliation to the State of Florida or the County of Jackson County, Florida, gives an opinion as to the actual real marketable value of the property being offered for sale.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to your reply.

 

I am Sincerely,

 

 

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References:

 

Deborah Buckhalter, reporter for the Jackson County Floridian on August 22, 2012, reported this event: 

 

Excerpts from 2012 Newspaper Reports:

 

ALYSSA HYMAN  WMBB TV news@wmbb.com Panama City, FL

It's a nearly 1300 acre piece of land, once used as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys,  but the future of this facility is as closely guarded as the fences that once kept the school secure.

 

"It's a lot of land, and it's a lot of land that's at the interstate at the road there that there is potential economic development activity," says Jackson County Administrator Ted Lakey.

 

With the help of the Jackson County Development Council, the City of Marianna, Jackson County and the School Board approached the State of Florida about acquiring the land.

 

State records indicate the property is worth nearly 10-million dollars. There's no timeline on when the appraisal will be done and the bids will begin.

 

If it means a high price, however, the City is not sure it can do that.

 

"Lets just say that DEP said 'ok we're gone through the process and the evaluation is 10 million dollars', well ya know the City of Marianna is definitely not interested in buying a 10 million dollar piece of property," says Dean.

 

State records indicate the property is worth nearly 10-million dollars. There's no timeline on when the appraisal will be done and the bids will begin.

 

 

DEBORAH BUCKHALTER | Jackson County Floridian

The old Dozier School for Boys is being offered for sale to the general public, with the minimum opening bid set at $300,000. Sealed bids will be accepted through 10 a.m. eastern time on Oct. 18, and the offers will be opened an hour later. The property is described in the bid documents as comprising roughly 220 acres, with 150 acres of it improved with buildings such as dormitories, a chapel, office buildings and more. The remaining acreage is wooded.

 

Reference as to Sources:

 

JCFLORIDAN   Old Dozier School for Boys on the market

Reporter Deborah Buckhalter

http://www.jcfloridan.com/news/article_4c0774a5-5c92-5fc1-8b18-6ff7aa48bf3d.html

 

Property Fight by Deborah Buckhalter

http://www2.jcfloridan.com/news/2011/aug/04/property-fight-ar-2226126/

 

Dozier School for Boys Land Up for Grabs

Reporter: Bryan Anderson

http://www.wtvy.com/home/headlines/Dozier_School_for_Boys_Land_Up_for_Grabs_126812873.html

 

 

 

 

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • The Honorable Pam Bondi, Attorney General, State of Florida
    Pam Bondi Attorney General


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