TC PALM: Negron gives 'personal commitment' reservoir will be big enough to cut Lake O discharges

TC Palm: Written by Tyler Treadway. January 4, 2018.

STUART — Joe Negron pledged Thursday night to make sure the reservoir being planned to cut harmful Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers will be big enough to do the job.

"It's my personal commitment for this legislative session," the Florida Senate President said during a TCPalm Pop-up event at Ground Floor Farm in Stuart.

Negron, a Stuart Republican, stopped short of saying — as several people in the crowd did — the project the South Florida Water Management District is designing is too small.

On Tuesday, the opening day of the Florida Legislature's 2018 session, the district is scheduled to give legislators an update on planning for the reservoir project.

"I don't want to criticize the verdict before the jury has ... started to deliberate," said Negron, a longtime attorney.

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