Today, Everglades advocates are in Tallahassee rallying for officials to buy more than 40,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee from the U.S. Sugar Corp.
And as they listen to fellow environmentalists and singer Jimmy Buffett champion their cause, no doubt many will have some concerns about the future of their endeavor, which has gained little support among decisionmakers.
Here are the top 10 reasons why a deal to buy the sugar land for Everglades restoration may not go through:
1. The buyer isn’t interested and the seller doesn’t want to sell. To execute the deal, the South Florida Water Management District would have to meet with U.S. Sugar this year. The district hasn’t contacted U.S. Sugar about a meeting, and the company isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to see the deal go down.
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2. No political will: Among the lawmakers who say they oppose the sale: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli. Plus, Gov. Rick Scott has said he prefers tax money be spent on projects already underway and approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.