HENDRY COUNTY, FL. - The state just sold nearly $30 million worth of property. One of those properties was the Hendry Correctional Institution.
For the past 3 years, the prison has been vacant because of budget cuts.
Theproperty is 3 miles wide and a mile long, perfect for Brian Jones's tactical training business. "We like to bring our government agencies, military, law enforcement, and let them perform training here and just facilitate that or sometimes we provide the training for them."
Jones believes this will attract an international clientele. "Our Dutch allies would like to train with the marines here.They've been here and seen it and they have expressed an interest."
For the past couple years, Jones has been operating a 25 acre training facility in Copeland, Florida. But, this new place will have things there's no room for in Copeland. "We'll have a headquarters building, an air strip, and sort of what you might call a hospital that they used here on the side.Some multi purpose buildings where we can have events and just about anything you can imagine for training."
Jones tells WINK News with lots of acres comes lots of jobs. "We figure over the course of a couple years, 3 years, about 200 people we'll be able to hire mostly from right here in Hendry County."
He says the Hendry County jobs will include construction, plumbing, electrical and maintenance. They also will be hiring people for specialized jobs that will be available.
Jones hopes to get the project underway in about a month.
He bought the 1,100 acre property and it's 65 buildings for $3.75 million.