Potential port partner increases region land holdings

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:38 PM.

The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, which has entered into a letter of interest with the Port of Port St. Joe, continues to grow its footprint in Northwest Florida.

Holland M. Ware is one of the largest private landowners in the country, with vast tracks of land particularly in the Southeast.

The foundation recently purchased the historic Shoal River Ranch outside of Crestview, a 10,500 acre ranch in Okaloosa County with over five miles of frontage along the CSX rail line and four miles along U.S. Highway 90. The ranch also has miles of frontage along I-10.

The ranch is listed as a “mega-site” by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

The purchase extends the foundation’s acreage in Northwest Florida, which includes a recent purchase of over 30,000 acres in the panhandle.

The foundation owns approximately 100,000 acres in the Port St. Joe area and is actively pursuing the purchase of other large tracts, said foundation trustee Brenda Thueson.

“This booming area has so much promise in industry and we are very excited to be part of it,” Thueson said.

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