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.