BRADENTON, Fla. - Saying economic reality forced a major change in what would be the largest land purchase in Florida's history, Gov. Charlie Crist yesterday announced yet another scaled-back approach to buying land owned by U.S. Sugar Corp. to restore the Everglades.

The new deal would enable the state to initially purchase 72,500 acres for $533 million as opposed to 180,000 acres for $1.34 billion. The restructured deal will include an option to purchase the remaining 107,500 acres of U.S. Sugar property for restoration within 10 years.

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