Published: Mar 21, 2012 4:17 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet are spending $580,000 for two parcels of land next to the home of former Gov. Leroy Collins - adjacent to the governor's mansion.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said Tuesday the state needed to exercise its first right of refusal on the properties or lose them to a Tallahassee attorney who made a private offer to buy them last year.
The Collins' home is formally known as The Grove. It was built in the 19th century by a territorial governor before Florida achieved statehood and later became home to the late Gov. Collins and his family.
The state bought the home in 1985 and received a right of first refusal on three neighboring lots. It retains that right of first refusal on the third property.

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