POLITICO: Latvala: 'Wide range of options' on Everglades to be considered

POLITICO: September 27, 2016. Written by Bruce Ritchie.

TALLAHASSEE — As incoming Senate budget chairman, GOP Sen. Jack Latvala says he will carry Sen. Joe Negron's proposal for an Everglades water storage reservoir "to the finish line" in 2017, but he also says the chamber will consider a range of options.

Negron, the incoming Senate president, in August proposed that the state buy 60,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce environmentally harmful discharges to coastal estuaries. Some agricultural industry representatives are dismissing the idea but Latvala says environmentalists, agriculture and business groups need to work together.

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