Florida, the Mormons, and Agenda 21

According to an Orlando Sentinel article:

The Mormon church stands to own nearly 2 percent of Florida by completing a deal to buy most of the real estate of the St. Joe Co. for more than a half-billion dollars.

According to Florida Today, for decades, the St. Joe Company was the single largest private landowner in Florida. After the St. Joe Co. sells its timberland to the Mormon church, the Mormon church will be the single largest private landowner in Florida.

The Florida Today article states:

The St. Joe Co. is selling nearly 70 percent of its vast timber and rural landholdings in the Panhandle for $565 million to Utah-based AgReserves, Inc., a tax-paying affiliate of the Mormon Church.

St. Joe announced the agreement to sell about 383,000 of its 567,000 acres in a news release posted on its website Thursday morning. Totaling nearly 600 square miles, the property all together is equal in size to Jefferson County.

As made clear in a previous post, I don’t trust the Mormon church. It’s rich, secretive, and sometimes ruthless. It also has many members in powerful governmental positions, particularly in the spy agencies.

The St. Joe Company is a real estate development company. Its charitable arm is the St. Joe Community Foundation, “a foundation for the future.” Its goals: “Nurture children. Protect the environment. Build healthier communities. Preserve our quality of life.” Here’s its idea of a healthy community:

st joe co city

It looks like a fancy FEMA camp.

The Mormons also own 295,000 acres southeast of Orlando, a place they call Deseret Ranches.

According to the Orlando Sentinel article:

Owned by the church for nearly 60 years, Deseret Ranches sprawls across Orange, Osceola and Brevard counties and is increasingly seen as critical to the Orlando region’s water supply, road and rail network and future development…

With 44,000 head of cattle, the ranch property also is one of the nation’s largest producers of calves and manages thousands of acres of citrus groves, vegetable farms and timberlands.

Deseret Ranches

On the Deseret Ranches’ website page, “planning for the future”, it’s stated:

Deseret Ranches is fully committed to preserving and promoting the things we all love about Central Florida. In the face of staggering growth, the Ranch understands the necessity of long-term planning, responsible land management, and sustainable growth so that future generations may continue to enjoy the natural beauty and quality of life that characterizes Central Florida.

“Preserve the things we love about Florida”? Doesn’t that sound like St. Joe Co’s “preserve our quality of life”?

And sustainable growth? That’s Agenda 21 terminology. And there’s plenty of it on the Deseret Ranches website, including this page, which tells of their plans for “walkable communities” and this link to Osceola County’s “smart growth” website (the ranches sprawl into Osceola County). Here’s a drawing of one of their ideal communities:

Deseret Ranch city planning

It reminds me of the future “they” want for us.

According to the president of the “smart planning group” 1000 Friends of Florida, Charles Pattison:

…no other metropolitan area in the state borders such a huge and potentially developable piece of property as Deseret Ranches, which covers a largely roadless and unpopulated area southeast of Orlando.

The Mormon church knows how to make money. They have business enterprises throughout the world.

According to the Florida Current:

The ranch has received approval from Osceola County to build 29,310 homes and 7.5 million square feet of commercial and office space along with 5,000 hotel rooms.

Are they going to build an Agenda 21 City there? I wonder what they have planned for their new acreage in Florida’s panhandle.

There’s an interesting exchange taking place between the Deseret Ranch and the Florida government. It seems Florida’s governor, the unpopular Rick Scott, is attempting to woo voters with an executive order creating the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force, which has set its sights on the area of the Deseret Ranch. This will probably make right-wing types happy because they think they’ll get to build on unspoiled land and Agenda 21 types are expressing their happiness because they have big plans as to how and where we’ll travel in the future.

Nevertheless, the interesting part is that in public, the church states:

“It is more important than ever that we work together to plan our future,” said ranch manager Erik Jacobsen in response to the task force formation. “We look forward to collaborating with leaders from the state and Brevard, Orange and Osceola counties.”

While on its Deseret Ranch website, the church gives the appearance of being on the defensive:

others are in the process of making decisions that will significantly affect the future of the Ranch..

“Deseret” is a Mormon term. In their Book of Mormon, it means honeybee. And before they were given the Utah territory, this is what they wanted:

Deseret

They called it Deseret.

I’m not sure there’s a point to this post. Rather, it’s a record of some interesting information. Who knew the Mormons were buying up Florida? And who knew they were proponents of Agenda 21? In my opinion, they’re proponents of whatever will make them the most money. That makes them dangerous.

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