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Innovation Award

Florida Department of Transportation

This Award recognizes the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Three personnel from Right-of-Way Survey and Mapping, Appraisal, Acquisition, Legal and the Administrative Offices for their insight in preserving 3,907 acres in right-of-way corridor. This resulted in the preservation of 35 future transportation projects in Northwest Florida.

The Department's District Three Office, located in Chipley, Florida, is responsible for developing and implementing transportation plans for that region of the state. The District recognized that many future transportation facilities would be needed to accommodate the rapid growth of that part of the state. Additionally, several of the Department's future road projects would be required to cross the ownership of the St. Joe Company. The St. Joe Company, for internal reasons, found it necessary to expeditiously sell some of their holding. The District Three Right-of-Way Team, with the support and assistance of Central Office recognized the opportunity to acquire property for future transportation use.

The District Three Right-of-Way Office mobilized key personnel and prioritized their work to draw and identify general future corridor locations on area maps, drafted legal descriptions, identified lands to be appraised, prepared for and conducted fee appraisal contract selection, prepared and reviewed the appraisal, made the offers, negotiated the purchase, and drafted and executed the real estate contracts. The contracts were accomplished in record time with excellence, cooperation and teamwork. The total equitable purchase amounted to $46,000,000 for 3,907 acres of vacant land, located in ten different counties of northwest Florida. By acquiring equitable title to these corridor tracts of vacant land prior to their improvement and development, and the expected increase in acquisition cost of such development, the expected savings is estimated to be tens of millions of dollars in transportation cost on future projects.

Contributors:

Tom Bowen, Bob Burdick, Ira Carter, John Duncan, Scott Golden, Grant Miles, Eddy Rudd, Ken Towcimak and Kathleen Woodham.

Updated: 04/02/2013
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