PALM BEACH POST: Editorial: DeSantis must either change course or leadership at SFWMD

Palm Beach Post: Written by the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board. December 19th, 2018.

It’s possible that by being rude to U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) board inadvertently did the whole state of Florida a favor.

Let’s go back to the day after the Nov. 6 election. The powerful water-management board was about to vote on a hugely important item that it slipped into the agenda at the last minute: extending Florida Crystals’ lease for eight more years on state-owned land earmarked for the coming south reservoir.

Mast, the congressman who represents the Treasure Coast areas plagued by toxic blue-green algae-laden water discharged from Lake Okeechobee, had rushed to the meeting 75 miles away in Coral Gables out of deep alarm that the reservoir project was being sabotaged in a stealth maneuver by sell-outs to the sugar interests.

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