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Capitol Reax: Lake Okeechobee water storage reservoir

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The Florida Legislature voted to send a trimmed-down version of a bill (SB 10) to build a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. A top priority for Senate President Joe Negron, the bill aims to divert toxic algae discharges from coastal communities. The measure prohibits the state from taking private property to build the reservoir. — “Today is a momentous event. The many voices that came to the table this session – anglers, realtors, business and community leaders, and…

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U.S. Sugar rolls out sweet new home page

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The Clewiston-based U.S. Sugar Corp. has unveiled a new website, highlighting the work it does to protect the environment in the South Florida lands it plies to satisfy the nation’s sweet tooth. The new site, found at, outlines the company’s sugarcane and citrus operations and tells the story of its ongoing efforts to combine innovation and technology with sustainable farming in growing and processing sugarcane, citrus, and sweet corn. The site features aspects titled “Stewardship,” “Green Energy,” and “Phosphorous Reduction”…

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U.S. Sugar calls recent EPA cane burning complaint “baseless”

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An environmental activist group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking a challenge to an air emissions permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the U.S. Sugar Corp. Attorneys for Earthjustice filed the complaint Thursday, which seeks to include cane burning as part of DEP’s purview when issuing air emissions permits. In August, a similar petition by the Sierra Club was dismissed by DEP, which noted that the prescribed burns used for cane burning…

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Everglades Foundation’s Eric Eikenberg presses case at Capitol for land buy

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Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation, says the Florida residents affected by discharges from Lake Okeechobee need to let state leaders know about their concerns. Eikenberg is at the Capitol this week meeting with House and Senate leaders including House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner. He’s trying to get state leaders to buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land for a reservoir to store water for Everglades restoration. However, one Senate committee chairman, Republican Wilton Simpson of Trilby,…

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