NEWS PRESS: Everglades reservoir: critics question timing, legality of agriculture lease

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. November 9, 2018.

Some environmental watchdog groups and politicians are still fuming over a state water district's decision Thursday to extend a Florida Crystals lease on land designated for an Everglades restoration project.

The South Florida Water Management District governing board approved an agriculture lease through 2027 for about 16,000 acres in the Everglades Agriculture Area, or EAA.

While the old lease wasn't set to expire until March, district officials pushed the lease through in less than 24 hours.

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