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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – Looking ahead to a 50 year transportation plan, Florida officials are talking with major landowners about where roads should be built.

The state is spending $106,000 to hire outside companies including people who once worked for real estate developer The St. Joe Company.

This planning is part of an overall $4.5 million effort.

Some have questioned the idea of the state talking to major landowners as part of its so-called future corridors plan, which has come under fire as an effort to help open up undeveloped portions of the state.

The DOT proposal calls for drawing up plans on how to reserve right-of-way with these landowners.

A state lawmaker in charge of DOT’s budget said he was unaware of the project.

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