Martin Commission backs Negron’s plan to curb Lake Okeechobee discharges

By Tyler Treadway
February 14, 2017
TC Palm

By a 4-1 vote Tuesday, Martin County commissioners supported state legislation to buy land south of Lake Okeechobee for a reservoir to help curtail discharges to the St. Lucie River.

Senate President Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican, has proposed the state and the federal government equally share the $2.4 billion cost to buy up to 60,000 acres south of Lake O and build a 120 billion-gallon reservoir.

Commission Chairman Doug Smith voted against the resolution, saying Negron’s plan doesn’t fit into the strategy for Everglades restoration established by the South Florida Water Management District, the Army Corps of Engineers and local governments.

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