National Public Radio: Whatever happened to the deal to save The Everglades?

Mechanical harvesters cut sugar cane on U.S. Sugar Corp. land in Clewiston, Fla., in 2008, the same year the state struck a deal to buy most of the company’s Everglades holdings. (Source: National Public Radio)

At a state Senate hearing in Tallahassee, David Cullen of the Sierra Club told lawmakers the best way to protect communities along the coasts is to buy the U.S. Sugar land and send the water south. “The deadline is upon us,” Cullen said, “but government can do amazing things when it wants to.” Cullen said the cost to buy the rest of the U.S. Sugar land, more than 150,000 acres, would be $1.13 billion.

Committee Chairman Joe Negron, a Republican from Stuart, one of the affected communities, interrupted him asking, “And where’s that money going to come from?”

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