Posts Tagged ‘Big Sugar’

Gil Smart: Battle joined on Negron plan

By Gil Smart January 13, 2017 TC Palm State Sen. Rob Bradley said he’s ready to carry water, so to speak, for Senate President Joe Negron. But there sure are a lot of people trying to make him spill it. Bradley chairs the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, a mouthful…

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Eve Samples: Buy the land south of Lake Okeechobee — don’t buy the excuses

By Eve Samples January 13, 2017 TC Palm State lawmakers have every reason to pull the trigger on buying land south of Lake Okeechobee this year. These are the biggies: Toxic algae is fresh in our memories: It choked the St. Lucie River last summer, following months of polluted discharges from Lake O. It was one of the worst blooms…

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Big Sugar’s slime flows north to the Capitol

By Carl Hiaasen January 15, 2017 Miami Herald The paid soldiers in Gov. Rick Scott’s war on the environment are aligning to block state efforts to purchase any farm lands south of Lake Okeechobee, which means Floridians can look forward to more summers of slime. Nightmare algae blooms, vile and job-killing, are destined to be…

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POINT OF VIEW: Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering

By Sarah Heard January 8, 2016 Palm Beach Post Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse. The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall…

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Toughen the Everglades Forever Act | Editorial

By the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board December 29, 2016 Sun Sentinel If the Legislature doesn’t update the Everglades Forever Act, it will take forever to save what remains of the Everglades. The Sun Sentinel’s Andy Reid reported recently that between 2011 and 2015, two Palm Beach County sugar farms totaling 1,200 acres discharged runoff that…

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Give Sen. Negron’s plan a chance

By Maggy Hurchalla December 29, 2016 Florida Today A statewide campaign to discredit Sen. Joe Negron’s effort to “Buy the land to send the water south” is now underway. Opponents quote U.S. Sugar’s full-page ads that say we don’t need to send water south because 90 percent of the dirty water flowing into Lake Okeechobee…

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POINT OF VIEW The water is going the wrong way

By Kimberly Mitchell December 27, 2016 Palm Beach Post For many, the discussion of Everglades restoration can get a bit overwhelming. The complex, man-made water management problems we face involve not just water quality, but also water quantity, timing and distribution. Today, America’s Everglades are collapsing from a lack of clean freshwater. Sugar growers Florida…

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Sugar-cane growing on state land misses pollution-cleanup goal, records show

By Andy Reid December 11, 2016 Sun Sentinel Two sugar cane farms repeatedly failing to meet Everglades pollution-cleanup goals remain in business thanks to an accommodating landlord — the state of Florida. The two farms, leasing a combined 1,200 acres of publicly owned land in Palm Beach County, generate large spikes in water pollution, state…

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Critics: Poor water management will lead to shortages for some

Big Sugar believes that people on the coast do not know what they are talking about. (See the end of the article.)  What happens, though, when we run out of water? – Guardians of Martin County By Chad Gillis October 20, 2016 News-Press.com Florida has a love-hate relationship with water. The economy is based largely on beaches,…

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