WFSU: Some Lake Okeechobee Locals Damning Reservoir

WFSU: November 2, 2016. Written by Jim Ash.

A non-profit group is launching what it calls a grass-roots campaign to fight incoming Senate President Joe Negron’s 2.4 billion-dollar plan for a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

The Port St. Lucie Republican says it’s necessary to fight water pollution, but the Lake Okeechobee Business Alliance says it will destroy the local economy.

Alliance founder Julia du Plooy describes herself as a stay-at-home mother of an 8-month-old daughter and a concerned citizen.  U.S. Sugar opposes the plan, but du Plooy insists her non-profit group is not an industry front.

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