EYE ON MIAMI: Water, Florida, and the Tyranny of Big Sugar

Eye on Miami: Written by Gimleteye. April 10, 2017.

This week, the Florida Senate takes up a bill that emerged from the Senate Appropriations Committee called SB 10, the Everglades Bill. It is a big bill that scoops up the highly contentious issue of spending billions of dollars raised through a citizens' referendum in 2014 allocating a portion of the documentary tax stamp to purchasing environmentally sensitive lands.

Senate President Joe Negron made this bill one of his top legislative priorities, after highly polluted water from Lake Okeechobee contaminated Florida's east and west coast outlets in the winter of 2015/2016. In Florida, winter is normally dry season. That year, historic rainfall laid bare the problem of Florida's water infrastructure: it is organized primarily to benefit Florida's wealthiest campaign contributors. Big Sugar.

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