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Matt Gaetz: Fix Florida’s Everglades, avoid distraction of costly land buy

Matt_GaetzAs a former state legislator and now a member of Congress, I’ve been proud to support investments in protecting Florida’s natural resources, including the Everglades. While located far from the Emerald Coast, the Everglades are about as iconic in Florida as the Blue Angels, the Space Shuttle, and the orange. Everglades National Park alone welcomes 1.1 million visitors annually with an economic impact of more than $103 million.

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Brent Kettler: Hendry County EDC opposes SB 10

hendry-county-mobile-home-roofing-repairs-company-and-roof-oversLABELLE — While water knows no jurisdictional boundaries, neither should economic development and quality of life. The Hendry County Economic Development Council strongly opposes Florida Senate Bill 10 as proposed by Senator Rob Bradley, calling for the purchase of 60,000 to 153,000 acres of productive Glades farmland. Such action would be devastating to the economies and residents of Hendry County and the region south of Lake Okeechobee while doing little to solve serious water issues in the coastal communities.

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Mike Collins: Everglades Foundation is completely wrong about the need for a south reservoir to help Florida Bay

FlaBay-Fishing1I was extremely disappointed to read a blatantly biased article in the Keynoter that provided the Everglades Foundation a solo sound-off disguised as a news story. Where is the other side of the story? Where is the real news based on real science, published and peer reviewed?

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Rep. Rick Roth: Still No Answers From Senator Negron

rickrothAt a community meeting attended by hundreds of residents in Pahokee on March 17, Representative Rick Roth (R-Wellington) asked Senate President Joe Negron a question about Senate Bill 10.

Roth wanted to know what would happen if the bill becomes law and there are no willing sellers.

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No money for Lake Okeechobee reservoir in Florida House budget

TALLAHASSEE — The state House wants to cut land conservation funding and, as expected, not fund a reservoir to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges, according to its proposed environmental budget released Tuesday.

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Letter: Negron plan is costly and won’t solve the lake-discharge problem

LetterToTheEditor-TCOpinion1Paul Laura’s March 15 column claims that an expensive farmland buy will fix the discharges and benefit the economy. The truth is that replacing farmland with a 60,000 acre southern reservoir will not eliminate the majority of discharges into the Indian River Lagoon, and paying for the project will cause economic harm in our state.

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Letter: Environmental elitism underlies plan to buy land south of Lake O

janettaylorPaul Laura’s recent column is the type of environmental elitism that is turning people off from Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee. Why should Martin County residents make plans for the Glades communities, especially when those plans include destroying our local economy by taking even more job-sustaining farmland out of production?

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EAA landowners ask Negron to reveal landowners who are willing to sell

All landowners of more than 2,500 acres farmland in the Everglades Agricultural Area reaffirmed Monday that they do not want to sell their land, and called for Senate President  Joe Negron (R-Stuart)  to reveal the identities of the willing sellers  he mentioned in a March 17 meeting at Pahokee High School.

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LOWP plan could cut harmful Lake Okeechobee releases to Treasure Coast estuaries

160622-A-CE999-002OKEECHOBEE — Why are ‘environmentalists’ ignoring the importance of storage and treatment north of Lake Okeechobee?

I have been writing about Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee and Everglades water quality issues for 30 years. For at least that many years, scientists have known the phosphorus levels going into the lake are too high.

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Caldwell: Don’t let Lake Okeechobee reservoir disrupt Everglades progress

CaldwellDon’t disrupt what’s already in progress to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges by pushing for a massive land buy, cautioned a lawmaker opposed to Florida Senate President Joe Negron’s push this year to build a reservoir.

State Rep. Matthew Caldwell said Friday finishing projects in the works should take priority over building a $2.4 billion reservoir south of the lake, as Negron wants.

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