Photo: Tim Donovan/FWCA shooting range planned for Palm Beach County will mark the latest in a flurry of new government-run shooting ranges in the state. (Pictured: shooting range in Panama City Beach)
Southeast Florida Roundup
Long range plan: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission opens a shooting range
In 2004, Palm Beach County paid $60 million for 1,900-acre Mecca Farms, citrus grove land near Palm Beach Gardens, to house the future home of Scripps Florida and the biotech cluster of businesses that bio-boosters envisioned in recruiting Scripps. The county spent another $91 million on design work and extending infrastructure before environmentalist protests overwhelmed the plan, and Scripps located in Jupiter instead. The county took a bath on its Mecca investment. It sold the site for $26 million to the South Florida Water Management District. As part of the deal, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission got 150 acres to create the Palm Beach County Shooting Sports Park. The facility marks the latest in a flurry of new government-run public shooting ranges in the state.
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