NBC 2: Environmentalists upset about leases extended to sugar farmers

NBC 2: Written by Jaclyn Bevis. November 9, 2018.

More concerns were reported after the South Florida Water Management District approved a new lease with sugar farms for land in the Everglades Agricultural Area.

The district noted a requirement in Senate Bill 10 to continue the lease, but one of the bill's co-sponsors in the Florida House said that's not the case.

"I would question whether Senate Bill 10 would have been the motivator for this lease," Representative Heather Fitzenhagen said. "Why the urgency at the last minute to put it on the agenda? And why not have shorter lease terms so we can have more flexibility as a state to begin work on one of the most important pieces of legislation that's come across the state of Florida in years."

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