SUN SENTINEL: No more excuses on Everglades

Sun Sentinel: Written by Editorial. April 6, 2017. 

The Florida Legislature has compromised on a vital Everglades project without compromising the goal.

By a vote of 16-2, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amended version of Senate Bill 10. It would create a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store fresh water for the Everglades and prevent damaging discharges from the lake to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. The bill will have a vote before the full Senate next week.

The legislation received just three dissenting votes combined as it went through the required three committees, and the next vote should be just as overwhelming. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who has made this legislation his top priority, has allowed changes that maintain the reservoir as a priority and address criticisms from farmers and their supporters.

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