Miami New Times 12/12/16
For nearly 20 years, Florida has planned to buy back land from Big Sugar companies south of Lake Okeechobee to help restore clean water flow to the Everglades. The plan is nearly universally backed by scientists and climate experts, who blame sugar companies for pumping pollutants into the state water supply, ruining Lake O, and occasionally turning the coasts into green sludge.
But Big Sugar has lots of cash to blow on lobbyists to fight those plans. That fact was on clear display at last week’s Miami-Dade County Commission meeting, where commissioners angrily shot down a simple resolution that would have supported the state land buy.