TC PALM: EAA reservoir: Water district board OKs leasing project's land to sugar grower

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. November 8, 2018.

Over the objections of a congressman and the governor-elect, the South Florida Water Management District extended the lease on land to be used for the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

The lease with New Hope Sugar Co., a subsidiary of Florida Crystals, that would have expired at the end of March now will extend until March 31, 2027. But provisions allow the district to take parts or all of the land back, with four months notice, for construction of the reservoir.

Noting the extension proposal was not announced until Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, told board members he and Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis wanted to be briefed on the proposal before its approval "to make sure we're not adding additional hurdles to the project."

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