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Scott Pitches Dike Repairs to Trump

Gov. Rick Scott said he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday about the importance of completing repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee. On Monday, Scott asked state lawmakers to add $200 million to the budget to help speed the federal government’s ongoing repairs. “President Trump is clearly focused on protecting Florida’s environment and investing in our …

Scott Pushes for Money to Repair Lake Okeechobee Dike

by Jim Turner, News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott waded into the legislative battle over Everglades restoration Monday. The governor gave support to a revised Senate water-storage plan and called for lawmakers to financially help the federal government speed repairs to the dike around Lake Okeechobee. In a news conference as the legislative session entered its final three weeks, …

Sticker Shock: Examining the Economic Impacts of Land Acquisition in the EAA

Published with permission of the James Madison Institute by Dr. J. Antonio Villamil Founder and Principal of the Washington Economics Group, Inc. Over the past several years, a policy debate has emerged surrounding the most efficient and effective course of action to address a complex series of challenges regarding the Everglades – its protection, its restoration, and its future. There …

Negron Water Plan Filed in House

Rep. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, filed a House bill Friday to match a controversial $2.4 billion proposal — backed by Senate President Joe Negron — to buy farmland south of Lake Okeechobee. The aim of the bill (HB 761) is to prevent the return of toxic algae blooms in Treasure Coast waterways, just south of Altman’s district.

What They’re Really Saying: Florida’s Leaders Are Not Buying Senate Plan to “Buy The Land”

As the Florida Senate considers Senate Bill 10, which calls for the purchase of up to 153,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee, several state and national leaders have expressed strong concerns over the idea that “buying the land” is the right approach. Here’s what Florida leaders are saying about the misguided, multi-billion-dollar plan to “buy the land”: