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Sale of University Camp pulled from Board of Regents meeting

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Sarah Manning
The sun sets behind the trees alongside the Blanco River, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023, at University Camp in Wimberley, Texas.

Editor’s note: In The University Star’s Nov. 14 email newsletter, the first paragraph of this story provided an incorrect date, stating “today” instead of the correct date, “Nov. 9.” The correct change is now reflected in the current version of this story.

The sale of University Camp was planned on being approved at the Nov. 16 Texas State University System Board of Regents meeting, but on Nov. 9, the item disappeared from the agenda.

The meeting item, which originally was on page 371 of the agenda and detailed the potential sale of the 126-acre property, now reads “This page is intentionally left blank.”

Needmore River Ranch, the prospective buyer for the property, obtained an appraisal for the land at $4.6 million. If the Needmore River Ranch buys the property, it will pay the appraised price of $4.6 million and make an “unrestricted donation” of $4.4 million to Texas State to be paid out over three years, according to the agenda.

In total, Texas State would receive around $9 million for the sale of University Camp; $4.6 million for the sale and $4.4 million from the unrestricted donation.

Needmore Ranch is a 5,000 acre property along the Blanco River in Wimberly, Texas. Greg LaMantia, the owner of the ranch, came under controversy when he received a permit to extract 289 million gallons of water from the Trinity Aquifer annually in 2019.

At the time, environmentalists and nearby residents were concerned the significant amount of water would reduce the amount of water available in the aquifer and cause long-lasting effects to the community.

The University Star will provide updates to this story as they come out.

Editor’s note: The University Star originally published this story with an email excerpt. This excerpt has been deleted. 

Missing page 371 from the TSUS Board of Regents meeting.
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