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Everglades landowners ‘not willing sellers’ for Joe Negron’s Lake O reservoir

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A group of landowners in the Everglades Agricultural Area are telling the state officials that selling land south of lake Okeechobee do nothing to fix problems they believe are caused north of the lake. Senate President Joe Negron is pushing a Senate proposal seeks to create a $2.4-billion, 60,000-acre reservoir for Everglades water storage. If there aren’t enough willing sellers, SB 10 says then 153,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land can be purchased under an option entered in 2010. In…

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Sheriff: Face-biting FSU student to be charged with murder

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A Florida sheriff’s office said Friday that a college student caught biting a victim’s face after stabbing the man and his wife in a random attack will be charged with two counts of first-degree murder, raising the possibility of the death penalty. Austin Harrouff, 19, also will be charged with attempted first-degree murder in the stabbing of the couple’s neighbor Jeff Fisher, according to a statement from Trisha Kukuvka, a spokeswoman for Martin County Sheriff William Snyder. Fisher suffered multiple…

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Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is calling on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom fouling some of Florida’s southern rivers and beaches. Rubio on Friday toured a portion of the St. Lucie River where a smelly muck is fouling an area promoted as Florida’s “Treasure Coast.” During a news conference later, he called the impact on tourism, home values and small businesses “catastrophic,” saying he couldn’t think of a…

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Federal action sought for Florida coastline tainted by algae

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Officials want federal action along a stretch of Florida’s Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency over algae blooms. The blue-green algae is the latest contaminant in yearslong arguments over water flowing from Lake Okeechobee, which is critical to South Florida’s water supply and flood control systems. The Martin County Commission is inviting the president to view deteriorating water conditions that local officials blame on freshwater being released from the lake, according to a statement released…

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SFWMD responds to criticism over blue-green algae blooms

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The South Florida Water Management is responding to critics who say the district isn’t doing enough to stop the spread of blue-green algae. Blue-green algae forced Treasure Coast officials to close some Martin County beaches this week. Algae also have been spotted in waterways and canals across much of South Florida. A spokesman for the South Florida Water Management District told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday the algae is widespread in the district. But water management officials have been criticized for not…

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Today on Context Florida: Valentine’s Day advice, open carry legislation, oil and gas regulation, Martin County and Hillary Clinton

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Today on Context Florida: Catherine Durkin Robinson imparts some Valentine’s Day guidance for kids – who won’t listen anyway. Despite the appearance that (on some level) she appears to know what she’s doing, Robinson insists she does not like to give advice, but she gives it a shot anyway. Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary election revealed the mood of the small state’s electorate. Polls show that in many of the remaining primary and caucus states, voters in both parties are unhappy…

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Today on Context Florida: Single-payer health care, inspirational eloquence, sports magnet schools and John Haddox

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Today on Context Florida: According to Dr. Marc Yacht, the Affordable Care Act 2010 – popularly known as Obamacare – has allowed about 18 million uninsured people to acquire health coverage so far. About 33 million remain uncovered and the bulk of those live in states that rejected ACA Medicaid expansion dollars. The numbers are confusing, Yacht says, but overall the uninsured rate nationwide has dropped from 18 percent to 13 percent. Adults and children have benefited as uninsured rates decrease.…

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