Town Sells Its Water Tower by Accident

Florida's Brooksville got sloppy in a real estate transaction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 14, 2021 1:49 PM CDT
Town Sells Its Water Tower by Accident
Stock image. The wayward water tower is back under the town's domain.   (Getty/ctrus)

A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction, per the AP. A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of Brooksville's water tower last April for $55,000 with the goal of converting it into a gym. However, when Bobby Read went to the county to get an address for his new business location, he was told the parcel he bought included the entire water tower site, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Luckily for the town, Read was willing to give it back. County records show he transferred the tower back to Brooksville last month.

“I don’t know where the blame falls here,” said Blake Bell, a city council member. “We’re council members and we rely on the city manager. We assume that he has done his due diligence." City Manager Mark Kutney blamed the use of a bad legal description for what happened. The city's redevelopment agency director resigned after the accidental sale. “We’re human,” Kutney said. “Sometimes we make a mistake.” The town of 8,500 residents is located 50 miles north of Tampa.

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