Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road block


To restore the Florida Everglades, supporters of a failed bid to buy U.S. Sugar land say the state needs to purchase more land south of Lake Okeechobee. (Source: The Miami Herald)

The Miami Herald reports: Calling the deal too costly with too little benefit, the South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries.

Instead, board members voted to back a $5 billion restoration plan mapped out by Gov. Rick Scott for the next 20 years that does not include the land.

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