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Report: SADC Defers Decision on Mayor's Farm Deal

The State Agriculture Development Committee decided to delay the decision to pay Lucas $1.15 million to preserve his farm.

The State Agriculture Development Committee decided to postpone their decision about providing Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas $1.15 million to preserve his farm, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Lucas' farmland acquisition has been the topic of heated debate with both and questioning his motives and reasons for keeping the cost of the farm a secret.

This was just one of the many agenda items the SADC covered in their meeting on Thursday morning. The committee decided to defer the case back to the Monmouth County Freeholder and Agriculture Development boards due to "allegations of a conflict of interest", the APP reported that committee members said.

Robert September 23, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Who cares if there is a conflict. The land would be saved from development.
Victor September 24, 2011 at 12:16 AM
I believe you must be either closely connected to Lucas or totally nuts! This subject approved property was for sale for years in good economic times and never sold because the improvement costs for development were prohibitive. The most approved new homes for development would be about 8 on the 100 acre parcel.....and even if built out, it would today still provide much needed business for contractors, supply houses, appliance dealers, etc, as well as much needed municipal fees and taxes. The reality is that a local connected politician is unethically attempting to acquire this property for himself at full taxpayer expense.

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