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Bob Graham

Reconsider purchase of U.S. Sugar lands

Reconsider purchase of U.S. Sugar lands

Because of what has happened since the beginning of the year — and because of what has not happened — the state should take another look at buying U.S. Sugar land that could accommodate projects to enhance Everglades restoration. The state has not adopted any policy or policies that show how Florida will restore sufficient water flow and quality. Neither has the state shown that it intends to heed voters' clear intent when, by a huge majority last November, they approved Amendment 1 with the explicit understanding that acquiring land for environmental conservation would be a high priority. The same legislative dysfunction that has stymied progress on health care has...