Palm Beach Post: Martin gets early ‘Christmas gift’ for clean water storage

Sally Swartz of The Palm Beach Post


From award-winning Palm Beach Post blogger, Sally Swartz: Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard calls it “the best Christmas present ever” — 1,800 acres of farm land in western Martin. The drained pasture land will be restored to natural wetlands, to store and clean water before it flows to the St. Lucie River.

The land, known both as Harmony Ranch and the Palmar Complex, once was part of of a plan to build 4,000 houses west of Hobe Sound. For years, it also has been on the wish list of land needed to help restore the Florida Everglades.

A group of the oddest bedfellows ever made the $20.4 million deal happen. Heard told the tale at Tuesday’s Martin County commission meeting.

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