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2008-08-13 15:00:29

Environmental groups in Florida have asked a federal judge to delay a ruling that could threaten a larger environmental deal, sources said. Thom Rumberger, an attorney for Audubon of Florida, said the $1.75 billion state buyout of U.S. Sugar in South Florida took precedent over a $700 million reservoir project environmentalists have been pushing for 20 years, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Environmentalists fear the $700 million water project could undermine financing for the larger...

2008-08-04 12:00:46

By Missy Diaz, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Aug. 2--A plan for the largest conservation land deal ever in Florida is being challenged by a former U.S. attorney who alleges that the South Florida Water Management District violated state laws when brokering the $1.75 billion deal. Dexter Lehtinen, an open government and Everglades advocate, filed suit Friday in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. He accuses the South Florida Water Management District of holding illegal meetings based on...

2008-08-02 21:00:11

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ New islands, rising from Lake Okeechobee like a bass fisherman's version of Atlantis, could become a tourist-attracting, economic alternative for the Florida city of Pahokee's life after U.S. Sugar. The state's proposed $1.75 billion buyout of U.S. Sugar to further Everglades restoration threatens to leave Pahokee and other Glades cities without a major employer. This comes at a time when lingering low lake levels have hurt marinas and other water-dependent...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Billy House, Media General Washington Bureau Jul. 31--WASHINGTON -- Some of Florida's U.S. House members complained Wednesday about being kept in the dark during the state's secret negotiations of a $1.75 billion proposed buyout of U.S. Sugar Corp. Several, including Rep. Adam Putnam of Bartow, the nation's third-ranking House Republican, also told state officials at a meeting that they have concerns about Gov. Charlie Crist's proposal, marketed as a way to save the Florida...

2008-07-31 03:00:28

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 31--In the midst of the state's buyout negotiations with U.S. Sugar, a coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday called for a moratorium on development that could create new obstacles to Everglades restoration. The state by November hopes to finalize a $1.75 billion deal to buy U.S. Sugar's 187,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area and re-create the flow of water that once linked Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. In the...

2008-07-30 15:00:40

A federal judge in Miami has struck down key parts of a controversial Florida law that contained a revised schedule for cleaning up the Everglades. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold criticized the state legislature for relaxing rules limiting the amount of damaging phosphorous flowing into the Everglades from Lake Okeechobee, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday. State officials insisted the 2003 law did not relax the Everglades' water standard, but Gold called the move an adroit legislative...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By David Fleshler, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 30--The Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Florida have dismally failed in their duty to protect the Everglades from harmful phosphorus washing off sugar farms, vegetable fields and suburban streets, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Alan Gold found the EPA was wrong to approve Florida's highly controversial decision to grant an extension of at least 10 years to farms, cities and other pollution sources...

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2008-07-22 14:52:57

A $1.75 billion land purchase deal to save the Florida Everglades could also spell the end of the state's influential sugar barons.  Governor Charlie Crist announced the deal last month, saying that Florida would purchase U.S. Sugar Corp, one of the country's largest privately held agricultural companies, and use a portion of its 187,000 acres in the northern Everglades to restore endangered wildlife habitat. "This is a dream come true for every Everglades advocate in the state," David...

2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Andy Reid, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 17--South Florida water managers warned a federal judge Thursday that a lingering lawsuit threatens to cut off funding needed to speed up Everglades restoration. In addition to stalling projects to store and clean water needed to revive the Everglades, the lawsuit could hurt the borrowing power of the South Florida Water Management District, now negotiating to purchase U.S. Sugar, district representatives said. The $1.75 billion deal calls...

2008-07-14 03:00:00

DELRAY BEACH -- U.S. Fish & Wildlife biologists have found nests and recently hatched birds of the endangered Everglade snail kite in a small wetland in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. These are the first nests seen in the area since 1998. The rare raptor was added to the endangered species list when it was created about 40 years ago. If current trends continue, they could be near extinction in another 40 years, officials said. "Every nest, every bird that is produced right...