TCPALM: Eve Samples: Buy the land south of Lake Okeechobee- don't buy the excuses

TCPalm: January 13, 2017. Written by Eve Samples.

State lawmakers have every reason to pull the trigger on buying land south of Lake Okeechobee this year. These are the biggies:

  • Toxic algae is fresh in our memories: It choked the St. Lucie River last summer, following months of polluted discharges from Lake O. It was one of the worst blooms in decades.
  • The new Florida Senate president, Joe Negron, is from Stuart — ground zero for the toxic algae — and has proposed a land buy to prevent such devastation from happening again and again.
  • Money is available: Voters approved Amendment 1 in 2014 specifically to fund conservation projects. It's expected to raise $10 billion over 20 years.

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