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Voters throw cold water on “Buy the Land” candidates in primaries

It is often said that “elections have consequences,” and for those engaged in the political struggle to convince voters to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee, these consequences will soon seem all too real. Among the biggest losers in Tuesday’s primary were candidates who signed the “NowOrNeverGlades” declaration to buy land from Florida sugarcane growers.

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Letter: ‘Send water south’ would divert us from sound plans for Everglades

Restoration of America’s Everglades is an environmental success story. It is also a testament to what can be accomplished when a diverse coalition of interests comes together to support a comprehensive plan that serves the public interest.

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Mailbag, Aug. 30: Both candidates have problems; it’ll never happen

Farming in South Florida is a benefit to the local and the state’s economy. Agriculture has and will continue to be the backbone of American society. Without the American farmer, we would rely increasingly on foreign countries to provide our food.

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Francis Rooney wins GOP primary for Southwest Florida House

Naples businessman Francis Rooney, once a prolific fundraiser who worked behind the scenes, won his first bid for public office Tuesday, easily winning a three-person GOP primary for Southwest Florida’s congressional seat.

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Let’s Not Forget about the Septic Tanks

It seems there is little or no regard for the people living south of Lake Okeechobee.

Some activists, in addition to making us the scapegoat for nearly all of the water problems facing South Florida, have resorted to mocking Glades citizens for being “backwards,” living in “homes on wheels,” and calling us “those people.” Our attempts to speak up for ourselves are ridiculed by our more affluent neighbors on the coast.

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Cape Coral leaders back Now or Neverglades

Cape Coral city leaders are now backing the Now or Neverglades Declaration, pushing for changes in the way water is released from Lake Okeechobee.

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Glades residents say ‘No’ to Sen. Joe Negron’s Lake O Plan

State Senator Joe Negron’s plan for reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges is not sitting well with some Glades residents. They say they’re tired of getting shut out of major decisions involving the communities they live in.

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Glades Community protest Senator Joe Negron

Glades residents are tired of being shut out about their communities. As residents of the Glades Community we have decided that if Senator Joe Negron won’t come talk to us then we will go talk to him.

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News-Press editorial says Joe Negron Everglades plan needs work, more details

When it comes to Joe Negron’s plan to save the Everglades, not everyone feels the answer is to “buy the land.” The problem? The Stuart Republican’s proposal is painfully short on details, says a recent editorial in the Fort Myers News-Press.

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Corps awards contract for dike rehabilitation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has awarded a contract to replace a water control structure within Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) as part of the ongoing rehabilitation project for the earthen structure surrounding Lake Okeechobee.

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