Southern States Land & Timber LLC, a prime element of the South Florida economy since the early 1900’s, once owned large real estate holdings
in what are now Martin, Palm Beach, Indian River, Broward, Dade, Collier, Lee, Hendry, and Desoto counties. By the mid 1970’s most of the company’s
land interests had been sold, except for reserved mineral interests in Palm Beach and Martin counties.
From the early 1900’s to the 1950’s
The company developed experimental and demonstration farms involving sugar cane, ramie, citrus and varieties of vegetables. Southern States was
also instrumental in the eradication of the cattle tick and the development of the cattle industry.
Southern States Land & Timber LLC is wholly owned by the J. M. Burguières Companies, formed
in 1877 by Jules M. Burguières. Mr. Burguières’ son Jules, Jr., an early owner and later board member of Southern States Land & Timber
LLC was active in South Florida’s economic development. In 1920 he was a founder of the predecessor organization to today’s Florida Chamber
of Commerce, the Florida Development Board, and served as its first Chairman. In the 1920’s he was a director of the Central Farmers Trust
Company in West Palm Beach. The J. M. Burguières Companies are headquartered in Franklin, Louisiana.
Southern States Land & Timber LLC views
its mineral interests and related surface access rights as a valuable long-term asset and has secured and preserved these rights in conformity
with Florida law. Southern States’ property interests are real and have value, just as the surface owner’s rights have value. Notwithstanding
this, Southern States wishes to promote and facilitate commerce and development. We therefore offer to property owners time sequential surface
access waivers to assure current and future landowners the unfettered use and future marketability
of their surface without Southern States’ interference, while retaining the long-term mineral development potential.
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