Martin County commissioners propose 16-county Lake Okeechobee summit

By Tyler Treadway
February 21, 2017
TC Palm

STUART — Martin County commissioners want everybody to know everything about a proposal to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to curtail discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

Commissioners voted 4-1 Tuesday to set up a multi-county summit to gather information about and discuss Senate President Joe Negron’s proposal to buy up to 60,000 acres south of Lake O for the reservoir.

The time, date and place for the event will be set by the county administration. Commission Chairman Doug Smith suggested the event could be a special meeting of the 16-County Coalition made up of commissioners from the counties of the South Florida Water Management District.

“I envision it as possibly the members of the coalition, as well as anyone interested in coming, hearing from scientists on both sides, other experts on both sides and advocates on both sides,” said Commission Vice Chairman Ed Ciampi, who made the resolution. “It will be an educational meeting, and education cannot hurt us.”

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