- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - A tract of rural land in Beaufort County that has long been the center of development disputes will now be preserved.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1WuJQ0e ) the 95-acre Mobley tract will be bought and managed by Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands program and the Port Royal Sound Foundation.

The county is paying $2.5 million and the foundation contributing $800,000. The property is along state Highway 170 between Beaufort and Hilton Head Island.

A decade ago the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League sued the town of Port Royal, the developers and property owners over annexation and zoning.

The dispute was settled with an agreement to allow only 125 homes.

Conservationists say the purchase from a Charleston company will help protect Port Royal Sound and the Chechessee River.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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