Ashley Moody urges restrictions on Chinese property buys in Florida

Moody
'Our policies are self-sacrificing and outdated.'

Attorney General Ashley Moody is the latest Florida official to be alarmed by communist China buying up parcels in the Sunshine State.

In the wake of Gov. Ron DeSantis harrumphing the “huge problem” of Chinese acquisitions, Moody echoed the Governor’s concerns Tuesday in a Fox Business Network interview.

“Well, just look at the volume,” Moody said. “I think what’s shocking the leaders here in Florida is that for 14 years running Florida has been the No. 1 state in foreign investment in our land.”

Florida acquisitions, Moody noted, made up 24% of the $6.1 billion of foreign investment in American property last year. And some of the land is prime, she noted.

“And when you’re looking at the type of land being bought, I think what presents a challenge is: Is this in a militarily strategic area? Is this farmland that we’re relying on for our domestic food supply and security?”

Asked by host Stuart Varney if there were plans to stop Chinese nationals from buying Florida land, Moody said the Governor was “looking at facts and strategy.”

“We know that they are bottling up our land,” Moody said, also contending American ports were in peril from the Chinese threat.

“There is no doubt that we are vulnerable and we need someone to pay attention to this,” Moody noted.

Moody advocated “disclosures,” like those seen in other states, for foreign purchases of agricultural property.

“Florida has no restrictions. Now compare that to China. China does have restrictions on foreign investment,” Moody said. “There is no doubt our policies are self-sacrificing and outdated, they leave us vulnerable.”

Moody made the comments on the Fox Business Network program “Varney and Co.,” days after DeSantis warned about the issue on the Fox News Channel.

“I don’t think they should be able to do it,” DeSantis said on The Ingraham Angle.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • Just a comment

    July 26, 2022 at 11:20 am

    Yep it is buying your status out
    And then they will build stones upon your Land

    Reply

  • Ashli Moody's Cotch

    July 26, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Yeah it’s sad when Republicans won’t do anything but talk and shovel money to the rich…and the Chinese have to come in and do something with the place. I’d vote Chinese before I’d vote GOP grifter.

    Reply

  • Don’t Look Up

    July 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    Will you also curtail Trump’s Russian mafia from buying up real estate in Sunny Isles, Florida…..

    Or are you just politically grandstanding?

    Have you checked with the Feds? Or do you think you can stand on State’s rights to remove Florida from capitalist investment?

    Reply

  • Andrew Finn

    August 5, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Ashley Moody is another one who needs to go out the door right along with Emperor DeSantis. Now she wants to dictate who is allowed to buy land. As far as I know, it is perfectly legal for someone to buy land if they can afford it and choose to do so. Maybe “Florida Fuhrer” DeSantis can issue another edict banning it !!!!!

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