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City of Brooksville accidentally sells municipal water tower

Luckily for the town, the new owner was willing to give it back.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — A small town in Florida accidentally sold its water tower in a blundered real estate transaction.

A businessman purchased a municipal building underneath the city of Brooksville’s water tower last April for $55,000 with the goal of converting it into a gym.

When Bobby Read went to the county to get an address for his new business location, he was told the parcel he bought included the entire water tower site.

"The wrong legal description was transmitted by staff to the City Attorney to prepare the contract of sale. This error was then transferred to the deed," a city spokesperson wrote in an email to 10 Tampa Bay.

Luckily for the town, Read was willing to give it back. County records show he transferred the water tower back to Brooksville through a warranty deed last month.

"As an upstanding citizen Mr. Read, of his own accord, took the steps necessary to rectify the error and provide the deed transferring the Water Tower portion back to the City," the city said.

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