News-Press: February 1, 2017. Written by Isadora Rangel and Tyler Treadway.
Senate President Joe Negron said Wednesday his plan to buy land to curb Lake Okeechobeedischarges isn’t a death knell to agricultural communities and he’s also looking to use land the state already owns.
Negron, R-Stuart, said he believes his proposal to build a reservoir on about 60,000 acres south of the lake wouldn’t put a Belle Glade sugar mill out of business, as opponents have claimed. He’s not looking to buy land that’s heavily farmed, and “we can work with landowners” to minimize potential impacts to jobs and production, he said. He didn’t have any specifics on what that would entail.
“I think there’s a way we can structure this in a way that will have minimum impact on production and not to the extent you would be shutting down a factory or any kind of production,” Negron said.