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2008-07-12 03:00:15

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 12--In a legal step that could complicate the state's bid to buy U.S. Sugar Corp., the Miccosukee Tribe on Friday said it will ask a federal judge to block water managers' plans to delay a massive Everglades reservoir. On Thursday, the South Florida Water Management District's governing board gave preliminary approval to financing the $1.75 billion sugar deal. The 300 square miles of land are key to a plan intended to improve water storage and...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 11--Water managers vowed Thursday to close the $1.75 billion deal for the U.S. Sugar Corp without hiking taxes on South Florida homeowners, but the big buyout will come at the cost of delay for other Everglades projects. The South Florida Water Management District's proposed budget would scale down, postpone or shift construction work to the federal government -- diverting the savings to buy a swath of sugar fields long coveted by...

2008-07-10 06:00:26

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 10--In the midst of pushing for a $1.75 billion land deal to boost Everglades restoration, South Florida water managers on Wednesday suggested lessening the cleanup requirement that guides work to fix the River of Grass. Trying to clean water by building filter marshes on phosphorus-rich farmland hasn't gotten the water quality to levels set after years of legal wrangling, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Now, with...

2008-07-09 21:00:15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ In the midst of pushing for a $1.75 billion land deal to boost Everglades restoration, South Florida water managers on Wednesday suggested lessening the cleanup requirement that guides work to fix the River of Grass. Trying to clean water by building filter marshes on phosphorus-rich farmland hasn't gotten the water quality to levels set after years of legal wrangling, according to the South Florida Water Management District. Now, with the district angling to buy...

2008-07-01 06:00:26

By David Fleshler, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jun. 30--Despite the fears of rural communities of a body blow to their economies, the South Florida Water Management District gave unanimous approval Monday to the blockbuster plan for acquiring U.S. Sugar and using the company's land to help restore the Everglades. The district's governing board voted 6-0 to begin detailed negotiations with the company and to spend money for appraisals and environmental assessments, with the deal expected...

2008-06-30 21:02:23

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Despite the fears of rural communities of a body blow to their economies, the South Florida Water Management District gave unanimous approval Monday to the blockbuster plan for acquiring U.S. Sugar and using the company's land to help restore the Everglades. The district's governing board voted 6-0 to begin detailed negotiations with the company and to spend money for appraisals and environmental assessments, with the deal expected to close by November. Gov....

2008-06-28 00:02:20

With as much fanfare and publicity as possible, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and representatives from U.S. Sugar and the South Florida Water Management District announced that the state would purchase 187,000 acres of land, plus equipment, a railroad spur and a mining operation, from U.S. Sugar for about $1.7 billion. Those who have long seen the sugar cane and agricultural lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area as the "missing link" between Lake Okeechobee and the "River of Grass" were...

2008-06-25 00:02:24

Two sides that rarely agree on anything celebrated Tuesday a "monumental" but still tentative $1.7 billion buyout that would put the nation's largest sugar grower out of business in six years but fill a gaping hole in Florida's long-stalled Everglades restoration. The deal, expected to be final by Nov. 30, is good for the environment _ the nearly 300 square miles of sugar land is "the holy grail," one Everglades advocate said. And it's good for U.S. Sugar Corp., which will get $1.7 billion...

2008-06-24 21:02:21

Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday 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 principles" 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 property to the state over the course of at least 6 years....

2008-06-24 15:02:34

U.S. Sugar said Tuesday it agreed to sell 187,000 acres of Everglades land to the state of Florida for $1.7 billion. The deal was hailed as the largest environmental purchase ever made by the state, The Miami Herald reported. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist called the land south of Lake Okeechobee in Hendry, Glades and Palm Beach counties the missing link in Everglades restoration. ''I can envision no better gift to the Everglades, or the people of Florida, than to place in public ownership...