LDS Church to build new city in Florida

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is pushing to convert rural farmland in Florida into a city of a half-million residents, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The intended area is a 133,000-acre corner of Osceola County, near Orange County, home to Disney World in Orlando, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. This project is the biggest development Florida has ever seen.

These developments will not cause adverse impacts to water, wetlands or wilderness in parts of Osceola County, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Florida government and economic officials are reviewing this plan from all aspects. This proposal carries some controversy, and Deseret officials are acting fast to state their course of action and intentions with the development.

Although the Department of Economic Opportunity in Florida did not find any concerns with the proposed plan, other state departments are finding elements that suggest the plan may be ill-advised, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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