|Published:||Sep 15, 2010 3:58 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 15, 2010 12:58 PM EDT|
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Cabinet have agreed to give land to the National Park Service for a visitors center at St. Augustine's historic Castillo de San Marcos.
The panel approved donating a quarter acre of surplus state land across the street from the fort Tuesday after getting a personal appeal from U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park.
At Mica's urging, Crist and Cabinet members agreed to remove a reverter clause from the deal. Mica said a federal law authorizing the structure requires federal title to the land without deed restrictions.
St. Augustine also is contributing land for the project expected to cost up to $12 million.
The fort built by Spain nearly 340 years ago attracts about a million visitors each year.
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