December 10, 2008
Florida lawmaker pans U.S. Sugar deal
A state legislator in Florida said the state's proposal to buy 181,000 acres from U.S. Sugar to support Everglades restoration was
a corporate bailout.
In a letter to the South Florida Water Management District, Miami-Dade County Rep. Juan Zapata said the $1.34 billion deal, touted as a huge environmental coup,
appears to be nothing more than a corporate bailout.
extremely concernedabout the deal, Zapata wrote.
U.S. Sugar's board approved the deal, but the South Florida Water District has yet to vote on the proposal. The deadline for a Water District vote is next Tuesday.