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Special legislation sought to sell waterfront land tracts

Crow Wing County is seeking special legislation to sell tax-forfeited land next to protected water.

There were three land tracts in question Tuesday, Feb. 12. The tracts are on the Mississippi River in Brainerd, on Pelican Lake in Breezy Point and on Adney Lake in Perry Lake Township.

Special legislation is required to sell tax-forfeited parcels with more than 150 feet of water frontage. Kirk Titus, land services supervisor, reported the three tracts were isolated and do not fit the county’s long-term land management plan.

The Brainerd Rotary Club approached the county about purchasing the Mississippi River tract for future expansion of Rotary Park. The land covers 16.4 acres and Titus reported the Rotary club would pursue grants to fund the purchase.

The Breezy Point land was described as a non-conforming irregular shape on 1.9 acres that would be divided and sold to neighboring properties dealing with encroachment issues.

The 200-foot lot on Adney Lake covers 7.38 acres and is bordered by private land and would be offered for sale to the public.

Commissioner Rosemary Franzen wanted to know if the Mississippi River land was going to be offered to the general public or just sold to the Rotary club. Franzen said selling to the public may bring in a better price.

Titus said the land would go to the city to expand a city park and the sale would be based on estimated market value.

Franzen said that was what she was trying to get at, adding she wanted to make sure the county was getting the best price.

The board approved seeking special legislation.