TCPALM: Our view: Get off the dike, Governor

TCPalm: Written by Treasure Coast Newspapers Editorial Board. April 21, 2017.

At first glance, Gov. Rick Scott's decision to support plans to build a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee seems like a major step forward for Senate President Joe Negron's proposal to curb discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

Scott on Monday endorsed Negron's idea to store and treat water on up to 31,000 acres of state land, though the governor stopped short of saying he supports the current version of Senate Bill 10.

The governor's support also seems to come with a catch: He wants the Legislature to spend $200 million next year to expedite repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike bordering Lake Okeechobee. That, coupled with a supposed verbal guarantee from President Donald Trump that the federal government will boost spending on the dike, means repairs could be completed a few years ahead of schedule.

And that, Scott seems to think, could solve the discharge problem in and of itself.

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