H.R.2954 - Public Access and Lands Improvement Act113th Congress (2013-2014)
Summary: H.R.2954 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)
Reported to House without amendment (12/16/2013)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)
Authorizes Escambia County, Florida, at its discretion, to convey or dispose of all of its interest in any part of the property on Santa Rosa Island that was conveyed to it by the federal government pursuant to a specified Act and deed to any person or entity, free from any restriction on conveyance or reconveyance in such Act or deed.
Prohibits persons or entities holding a leasehold interest in such property from being required to involuntarily accept a fee interest in lieu of their leasehold interest.
Requires Escambia County within two years of enactment of this Act, to convey to Santa Rosa County, Florida, all interest held in any part of the property that falls within the jurisdictional boundaries of such county. Bars Santa Rosa County from being required to pay any sum for such property other than the actual costs associated with such conveyance.
Permits Santa Rosa County or any other person to which property is conveyed under this Act to reconvey such property or any part of it.
Declares that leaseholders or owners of all properties under this Act are free to pursue incorporation, annexation, or any other governmental status so long as all other legal conditions required for doing so are followed.
Declares further that each such property is under the jurisdiction of the county and any other local government entity in which it is located.
Requires that any proceeds from the conveyance of any property under this Act by Escambia County or Santa Rosa County, other than direct and incidental costs associated with such conveyance, revert as windfall profits to the United States.
Directs Escambia County and Santa Rosa County to preserve in perpetuity those areas on Santa Rosa Island currently dedicated to conservation, preservation, the public, recreation, access, and public parking.
States that Escambia County and Santa Rosa County shall have no deadline or requirement to make any conveyance or reconveyance of any property defined under this Act other than the conveyance it requires. Authorizes each county to establish conveyance or reconveyance terms, consistent with the conditions of this Act and state law.