• Parts of Florida county park unknowingly auctioned off

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Five acres of a Florida county park were unknowingly auctioned off last year to a private company, which is threatening to sue if park visitors continue to trespass.

    The Sun Sentinel reports that Miami-based Dorado Bells LLC won the bid for $23,900 for parts of West Lake Park in Hollywood.

    The auction was conducted by the Broward County tax collector's office in April 2018 after the previous owner didn't pay about $1,526 in back taxes.

    Park officials say they didn't know how the auction happened or how the parcel was originally left in private hands. The 15-foot-wide (4.5-meter) strip runs nearly 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) around a lake.

    Dorado Bells has put up makeshift fences and "No Trespassing" signs. Attorneys say the trails allow the public to trespass onto the property and must be resolved.

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    Information from: Sun Sentinel , http://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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