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As Lake Okeechobee Levels Rise, So Do Community Concerns

Dan Environment, Industry News Release, Water

It’s only been a few weeks since Hurricane Irma battered our farms and farming communities. EAA farmers have been working overtime to make sure our farms and farming communities south of Lake Okeechobee have the resources they need to get back on their feet. We’ve delivered more than 10,000 meals to local residents in need and our farms have donated thousands …

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Senator Seeks $100 Million for Florida Forever

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

At least $100 million a year would be set aside for Florida Forever, the state’s most prominent land-preservation fund, under a measure filed by Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island. Bradley’s proposal (SB 370) would annually designate a portion of the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund for the Florida Forever program, which in the past received as much as $300 million …

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Lake Okeechobee Rise Spurs More Water Releases

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

Water started to be released southwest from Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday morning, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks to stem a post-hurricane rise in the lake’s water level. The Army Corps had resumed flows from the lake east toward the St. Lucie Estuary on Friday but held off on western releases because of flooding from Hurricane Irma that …

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Appeals Court Rejects Caloosahatchee Water Case

Dan Environment, Florida, Water

by Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution problems in the Southwest Florida waterway. A three-judge panel of the Atlanta-based appeals court — in a case described in one document as a …

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Scott Pitches Dike Repairs to Trump

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

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

Dan Industry News Release

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

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Water

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 …

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

Dan Industry News Release, Sugar, Water

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”: