flpsugar0624d. Gov. Charlie Crist today announced a plan for the largest conservation land deal in Florida's history - the purchase of 187,000 acres of farmland that will be used to restore the Everglades. Meeting at the edge of a water treatment area in western Palm Beach County, the governor signed a "statement of principals" to guide the final negotiations of a $1.7 billion deal with U.S. Sugar.The deal will transfer all of U.S. Sugar's properrty to the state over the course of at least 6 years. The land will then be used to recreate what some call the "missing link" between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades, restoring historic water flows that modern farming had cut off.(L_R) Robert Buker President and CEO of United States Sugar Corporation, Gov Charlie Crist and Shannon Estenoz of the Governing Board Vice Chair South Florida Water Management District. freelance photo by Michael Francis McElroy ORG XMIT: S-S0806241738515580
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