TCPALM: Will sugar's power trump landbuy efforts to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges?

TCPalm: January 27, 2017. Written by Isadora Rangel.

Legislation to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges pits Florida Senate President Joe Negron and the bill's supporters against powerful detractors: the sugar and agricultural industries.

The bill filed at Negron's request Thursday pressures landowners south of the lake to sell 60,000 acres for a reservoir. That's something they don't want to do, and which they claim won't stop the environmental havoc the discharges cause in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

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