Fight over land could halt new university

$100 million Polk County project in limbo

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A dispute over a land donation may bring ongoing construction of Florida's 12th university in Polk County to a halt.

The chairman of a Board of Governors committee overseeing the creation of Florida Polytechnic University said Friday that he will ask the board to stop the $100 million project if the land dispute cannot be resolved.
The Williams Acquisition Holding Co. donated land to the University of South Florida for its polytechnic branch.
The Legislature, though, passed a law stripping the campus from South Florida and creating the new university in its place.
Williams wants to include a reversion clause before agreeing to transfer the land to Florida Polytechnic. The property would return to Williams if the state should use it for a non-university purpose.
Committee chairman Morteza Hosseini said that's unacceptable.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the bill into creating the state's 12th public university in April

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