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tell gov. crist to keep fighting for u.s. sugar purchase deal

 

On April 1, 2009 at noon, PURRE send out an update to its earlier message, which appears below this brief report ...

Just after we sent out this morning’s message and call to action, we learned the details of the revised U.S. Sugar land deal.

The Governor announced on April 1 the details of the revised plan. The State of Florida will spend $533 million to buy 72,500 acres of land owned by U.S. Sugar. The deal includes a 10-year option to buy the remaining 107,000 additional acres.

Governor Crist commented during the press conference that “even though it is scaled, down, it’s still the biggest ever.”  

He also said that even though the purchase is scaled down it will be sufficient to restore the connection between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. He cited the economy as the reason for the move.

While it is not the original deal, this purchase will have significant environmental benefits and we support the Governor’s efforts in these difficult times. It is his hope and ours that over time there will be sufficient funds to purchase the remaining lands. 

We still encourage you to contact the Governor’s office to support his efforts and will keep you posted as we get more details.

 

Here is PURRE's First message of April 1 ...

  

TELL GOV. CRIST TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR U.S. SUGAR DEAL
This land purchase is our best chance
to restore the Everglades

Recent reports from around the state have indicated that the state of Florida is in negotiations to cut back on the land purchase deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. Due to budget shortfalls and a challenged economic environment, the state feels they can no longer afford the $1.34 billion necessary to purchase over 180,000 acres of land.

This effort is deemed critical by many environmental groups, including PURRE. While nothing is confirmed, reports in the press have indicated that the state will seek to purchase about 75,000 acres for around $500 million. While this raises some concerns, we continue to hear support for doing what is necessary to turn the farm fields into marshes and waterways necessary for cleaning up the Everglades. 

While we have no official statements from the South Florida Water Management District, the Governor’s office or U.S. Sugar, we feel certain that the state will do everything in its power to make this work. 

This is a good opportunity for us to show our support for the Governor. We suggest sending a letter or email to the Governor’s office showing support for a land purchase that gives us the resources to restore the Everglades. We want him to know we continue to support this effort and stand by his commitment. We know he understands this is the best chance we have for Everglades restoration and that he should keep fighting for it.

You can reach Governor Crist several ways:

By phone at 1.850.488.7146
By email at
Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com
By mail at:
Office of Gov. Charlie Crist
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

PURRE Water Coalition

13300-56 So. Cleveland Ave., Suite 256

Ft. Myers, FL 33907

239.274.7873, fax 239.275.7872

info@purre.org; www.purre.org

 

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"We must build a peace in South Florida - a peace between the people and their place, between the natural environment and man-made settlement, between the works of man and the life of mankind itself. "
~ Florida Gov. Reubin Askew ~