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Gov. Scott urging lawmkers stay on top of projects at Lake O

On Thursday, Gov. Scott urged lawmakers to stay on top of the issues surrounding Lake Okeechobee, including fixing the dikes.

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Legislature agrees to fund Lake Okeechobee reservoir to curb discharges

TALLAHASSEE — The state House and Senate reached an unprecedented agreement to pay for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges Tuesday — clearing the first of many hurdles before the proposal can come to fruition.

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President Trump tells Scott feds will help pay to fix Herbert Hoover Dike

Just two days after Gov. Rick Scott asked state lawmakers to dedicate $200 million to repair the aging Herbert Hoover Dike over the next five years, Scott says President Donald Trump has pledged federal support for the work.

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Scott offers surprise solution to Lake Okeechobee pollution fight

indexTALLAHASSEE — Amid opposition to land sales, fears of job losses and legislative deadlock, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday offered a surprise solution to the waterway pollution from contaminated Lake Okeechobee discharges.

The governor asked state lawmakers to allocate $200 million to fix the Herbert Hoover Dike by 2022. And he called for using the A-2 reservoir to store water.

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Nelson on Lake O: ‘You can’t do it in isolation’

636276905354489490-IMG-3611TALLAHASSEE – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praised a planned reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee Thursday but said it has to be part of a “total comprehensive plan” to restore the Everglades and stop polluted waters from flowing southward.

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Senate OKs Lake Okeechobee reservoir bill; what about House?

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curb discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

With a 36-3 vote, the Senate sent the bill to the House, where some members have criticized Republican Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to store 100 billion to 120 billion gallons of water that gets discharged when the lake level is too high. The reservoir would send that much-needed water into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

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McClure: Misinformation about Everglades Restoration abounds

indexThe future of the Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and how best to fix the issues surrounding these environmental jewels is of serious significance to every Floridian.

We all recognize the special place in Florida’s shared heritage and the unique ecosystem present in the Glades. In fact, I had the joy of taking both of my daughters on Everglades tours, and the memories are ones I hope they can replicate with their children one day.

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Editorial: Is new Lake O plan too good to be true?

636185321078105708-0211-NCLO-CP-OKEECHOBEE-MEETING006For the second time in a month, Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to save the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries has been gutted and stitched back together.

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Nancy Smith: Congressman Brian Mast, What’s to Hide?

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Why would a U.S. congressman stage a taxpayer-sponsored event in his district … but close it to the press?

That’s what 18th District Congressman Brian Mast did this week.

What, I ask you, does U.S. Rep. Mast want to keep from the press at an event meant to celebrate Everglades Day?

He isn’t saying.

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House Still Not Buying Negron Water Plan

lake-okeechobee-land-water-deal-232x300Revamped plans for a deep-water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, a priority of the Senate president, have improved the proposal in the eyes of House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

But the House still isn’t ready to sign on to Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal, which is designed to reduce polluted water discharges from the lake into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries.

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