Two months late, Florida lawmakers approve state budget, ‘turned their back on the public…

From The Tampa Bay Times: “Environmentalists wanted the state to buy land owned by U.S. Sugar south of Lake Okeechobee to store and refresh water that flows to the Everglades, and they are likely to sue the Legislature as soon as next week. ‘They’ve turned their back on the public … Click here to read more

US Sugar land buy rejected

WPBF reports that “despite protests from environmentalists and concerned Treasure Coast residents, officials have voted down an option to buy US Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee. The South Florida Water Management District board voted unanimously against … Click here to read more

Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road block

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. … Click here to read more