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Carl Hiaasen: Call this a sign of our sleazy times - Carl Hiaasen - MiamiHerald.com

Even in a state of perpetual sleaze, some dirty deals stink more than others.
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Now that Hiaasen has weighed in maybe the governor and Legislature will pay a little more attention to what's happening in the Everglades. 

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Letters: Feds, state back in sync on Everglades water quality

[Question to keep in mind as you read this EPA letter: The cost of the plan is $1,5 billion. In fact, that's the state committment sought by EPA. Why is EPA and SFWMD playing games and not providing the the public with lthe true costs of this plan? SFWMD's exective director, Melissa Meeker, acknowledgd to her board the cost of the plan includes another $770 million alreay invested in elements that make up this plan. What's the motive here? -- The Everglades Puzzle]

 

 Regarding the article, “EPA OKs $880 million Everglades cleanup plan”: We are all painfully familiar with the decline of the Everglades.

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Luna family fights SFWMD to keep their land

OKEECHOBEE—Stuart-based attorney Tim Wright stood in the middle of Courtroom B and, without mincing words, accused water managers of committing extortion and lying.

 

Mr. Wright, and co-counsel Bruce Harris of Orlando, are representing Bonnie Luna Byars and BLB Holdings against the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) eminent domain claim on over 300 acres of property owned by the Luna family in northern Okeechobee County.

Other defendants in this case include Patrick Luna, Mrs. Byars’ brother, and Montoya Ranch, Inc., which is also owned by the Luna family.

The district wants to take 303.70 acres to help restore the Kissimmee River from its current channelized state, back to a meandering river...

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