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Use of State-Owned Lands Highlights

St. George Island State Park -- Photo by Juliane Eckert



For the Division of State Lands' purposes, uplands are defined as those lands above the mean high water line (or ordinary high water line), title to which is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund of the State of Florida. The Board of Trustees has ownership of over 3.3 million acres of upland property. State-owned uplands are managed for a variety of uses including parks, forests, wildlife management areas, historic sites, educational facilities (including public universities), and correctional institutions.

The Division of State Lands' Bureau of Public Land Administration includes an Uplands Section which, as staff to the Board of Trustees, administers the state-owned uplands for use by state and federal agencies, state universities and community colleges, cities, counties and various public and private entities.

The following instruments for the use of state-owned uplands are prepared by the Uplands Section:

  • leases,
  • subleases,
  • easements,
  • consent of use agreements,
  • releases of lease,
  • amendments, and
  • other authorizations.

In addition, the Uplands Section prepares agenda items for requests to use state-owned lands to present to the:

The Uplands Section processes incoming correspondence related to local government issues for state-owned lands including:

  • notice of owners,
  • public hearing notices,
  • notices of non-payment,
  • notices of non-valorem assessment fees,
  • stormwater fee notices,
  • notices of code violation,
  • zoning notices,
  • notices of annexation,
  • notices of building re-certification, and
  • any other related notices.

To view the approved instruments, agenda items or a wide range of other information related to state-owned land, please click on the following link:

Division of State Lands Records

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    Last updated: October 06, 2015

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