School district won't sell park land to developer

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BRADENTON, Fla. – The Manatee County School District has decided not sell the 3-acre parcel of land next to Miller Elementary to developers.

Superintendent Rick Mills made the announcement Thursday after receiving feedback from parents and residents over recent weeks expressing concerns that the land would be sold to a developer.

“The School Board and the Superintendent are responsible for representing what is ultimately in the best interest of all of our students and all of our schools,” says Mills. “It is still my hope that the county, or the City of Bradenton, might purchase the property so it can be retained as a park in perpetuity and provide revenue to assist the school district.”

The parcel, containing McKelvey Park, faces Manatee Avenue of 43rd Street West.

The school district had been contacted by a Tampa-based developer that had plans to build a strip mall on the site.  They had been considering the sale to help with the district's budget problems.