TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida lawmakers are giving the green light to purchase land near the governor's mansion and the home of the late Gov. LeRoy Collins.
The proposed 2012 budget lets the state purchase two lots adjacent to The Grove. The historic structure was built by Florida's last territorial governor Richard Keith Call.
The state is currently spending $2.1 million to convert The Grove into a museum. State officials estimate it will cost another $3.5 million to complete the repairs.
Florida acquired the property in 1985 but did not take over until Collins and his wife - the great-granddaughter of Call - had died.
A spokesman for Gov. Rick Scott says the land will be used for parking. Scott and the Cabinet are expected to consider buying the property later this month.
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