Property Acquisition is responsible for identifying and obtaining real property needed by the County to deliver services to the citizens of Manatee County. The acquisition process includes negotiations with property owners to secure contracts for sale and purchase and conveyance of property following approval by the Board of County Commissioners.
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Property Acquisition Process
• The County notifies the Property Owner of intent to purchase property.
• Property value is determined by an independent real estate appraiser.
• The County submits a written offer to the Property Owner and will negotiate in order to reach a mutually acceptable agreement.
• Once an agreement on the property price is reached, and the Board of County Commissioners approve, the real estate closing is scheduled.
Conveyance of Real Property
There are three basic methods the County uses to convey real property; Easements, Exchanges, and Vacations.
Easement - Conveyance and Dedication of Real Property
The acquisition and conveyance of real property to Manatee County for Capital Improvement Projects, Operational needs and Land Development requirements are managed by the Property Acquisition Division. All acquisition and acceptance of real property is under the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners.
Exchange - Trading Real Property
Requests to exchange public land are regulated pursuant to Chapter 125.37 of the Florida Statutes, "Exchange of County Property". All County property is under the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners.
To request an exchange of property, apply through the Property Acquisition Division of the Property Management Department. There is a filing fee of $800. The applicant will also be responsible for associated costs for advertising in the legal section of a local newspaper and recording the authorizing resolution, deeds and easements.
Vacate - Renounce Public Interest in Real Property
County owned property must apply through the Property Acquisition Division of the Property Management Department, as regulated pursuant to Chapters 117.101 and 336.09 of the Florida Statutes. There is a filing fee of $800. The applicant will also be responsible for associated costs for advertising in the legal section of a local newspaper and recording of the authorizing resolution.
Vacation requests for recorded subdivision plats, easements and road right-of-way that have been dedicated for a public purpose are regulated by the Florida Statutes and the Mantee County Land Development Code. All County property is under the jurisdiction of the Board of County Commissioners.
For More Information...
For additional information, please call the Property Acquisition Division of the Property Management Department at (941)749-3009.
For application to vacate real property, please contact us at the information above or write to:
Property Management Department
Property Acquisition Division
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, Florida 34206-1000