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Glades landowners double down on Joe Negron to reveal his ‘willing sellers’

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Joe Negron recently visited Pahokee High School for a town hall meeting to discuss his plans for taking farmland in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). During the meeting, the Senate President said he is in discussion with “many owners of land south of the lake” in the effort to acquire 153,000 acres of productive land to set up a reservoir for Lake Okeechobee runoff. That claim didn’t go over well with farmers and landowners. In a letter to Negron sent Monday,…

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For Earth Day 2016, sugar farmers celebrate history of sustainability, conservation

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As the global community celebrates Earth Day April 22, farmers for America’s largest sugar producer are highlighting their role in safeguarding South Florida land and water resources. Now in its 46th year, Earth Day is the largest secular observance on the planet, with more than 1 billion people observing a day of eco-friendly engagement and activism. On Friday, U.S. Sugar joins in the Earth Day festivities by honoring a heritage of nearly 85 years of environmental stewardship. “U.S. Sugar has been…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s bad bet, Marco Rubio, little Donnie Trump and weather-related crisis

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Today on Context Florida: Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp says expansion of gambling is a “bad bet” for Florida. When the current state constitution was approved in 1968 the only approved gambling involved pari-mutuels: dog tracks, horse tracks and jai alai. They had been in operation for decades and considered sporting events you could bet on. Since the constitution was passed, the voters of Florida have rejected amendments to allow casino gambling three times: in 1978, 1986 and 1994. When the…

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