Eye on Miami: Written by BullSugar. April 27, 2018.
Dear Friends of Bullsugar,
Florida politics changed this week, quietly but profoundly.
Candidates for governor have declared--on the record--whether they will accept donations from the sugarcane industry. That makes sugar money a statewide election issue in 2018, pushing two billionaire families and their sprawling businesses into the public spotlight along with their roles in the collapse of the Everglades and Florida Bay… and the destruction of the Caloosahatchee and its massive Gulf coast estuary... and the St. Lucie and Treasure Coast beaches. And the cancer, neurological disease, and liver failure epidemics linked to toxic algae... And the developing threat to Miami-Dade’s water supply... And the theft of huge swaths of public land... and taxpayer money.
In 2018 voters will know which candidates owe their careers and loyalties to Florida Crystals and US Sugar. And there’s a chance Florida’s next governor won’t owe them anything: Only longtime ally Adam Putnam is comfortable acknowledging his campaign’s mounting debt to sugar.