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2008-07-03 12:00:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jul. 3--A FOOT OF WATER -- that's the difference one wetter year makes in Lake Okeechobee. The big lake, which serves as the region's rain barrel, fell to its all-time low on this date last year, bottoming out at 8.82 feet above sea level. On Thursday, it sat at 9.85 feet, climbing by nearly a half-foot over the last week alone, thanks to steady rains over and north of the lake. While the lake is in better shape than last year, water managers...

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 09:02:49

By Leonard Doyle *Return to the state of nature planned for Florida's unique 'River of Grass' The Everglades of southern Florida, which have been under siege from development and farming for more than a century, have been offered a new lease on life with a plan to restore large areas to a natural, swampy state. Some 187,000 acres of sugar plantation will be gradually returned to nature under the plan. The hope of environmentalists is that the slow-moving "river of grass" will flow north...

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....

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2008-06-24 18:10:00

In an effort to save precious wildlife habitat, the state of Florida announced plans Tuesday to buy a large piece of the Everglades from U.S. Sugar Corp. The South Florida Water Management District said the purchase comes with a  $1.75 billion price tag - $50 million cash and $1.7 billion in certificates of participation, similar to bonds. U.S. Sugar Corp. officials say, despite being one of the largest privately held U.S. agriculture firms, the company will go out of business in six...

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...

2008-06-24 06:02:31

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jun. 24--The state of Florida is pursuing a blockbuster buyout of the biggest chunk of Big Sugar, the powerful agricultural industry whose pollution of the Everglades has made it a target of environmentalists for decades. Gov. Charlie Crist has scheduled a press conference Tuesday in Palm Beach County, where he's expected to outline a state proposal to purchase the U.S. Sugar Corp.'s vast holdings between Lake Okeechobee and the marshes of the...


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