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Guest column: Sun Sentinel's Environmental Reporter

Guest column: Sun Sentinel's Environmental Reporter | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Which South Florida environmental issues will we be talking about in the coming year? Some predictions are easy – the Everglades restoration will continue to grind forward.
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West Broward reservoirs move forward, but blasting may be issue

West Broward reservoirs move forward, but blasting may be issue | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
A plan to revive the Everglades could also revive a battle over blasting in southwest Broward.The Army Corps of Engineers plans to construct two "water preserve areas" on the fringes of Weston,...
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A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead

A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Florida’s plan to reclaim the wetlands is instead on track to rescue the fortunes of United States Sugar.

 

[This 2010 New York Times story by a reporting duo that included an investigative reporter and the paper's Florida reporter offers an informative, in-depth look at the excessive cost of the U.S. Sugar deal cut by former Gov. Charlie Crist. Sadly, no Florida newspaper to date has bothered to dig as deeply into the matter. There is balance in the reporting. Few would argue the good intention behind helping the Everglades. But the structure of the deal was and remains highly questionable in the favoritism shown US Sugar.]

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USGS Maps Show Potential Non Native Python Habitat Along 3 US Coasts - Everglades National Park

USGS Maps Show Potential Non Native Python Habitat Along 3 US Coasts - Everglades National Park | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
USGS Maps Show Potential Non Native Python Habitat Along 3 US Coasts...
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Popular fishing show host killed in Everglades City plane crash

Popular fishing show host killed in Everglades City plane crash | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly on ESPN, died when his kit plane plummeted into a field near the runway shortly after takeoff from Everglades Airpark.
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Fishing report: South Florida

Bass fishing is slowly getting better in the Everglades as two former championship teams demonstrated Sunday in the fourth King of the Glades qualifier tournament out of Everglades Holiday Park. ...
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On the Scale Trail: Training Dogs to Find Pythons in the Everglades

On the Scale Trail: Training Dogs to Find Pythons in the Everglades | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Trainers at Auburn University enlisted man's best friend to root out invasive snakes in the swampy Florida wilderness.
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Palm Beach County allows wind farm at edge of Everglades

Palm Beach County allows wind farm at edge of Everglades | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
A commercial "wind farm" — the first in the state — can spring from sugar cane fields on the edge of the Everglades , despite concerns about killing endangered birds, Palm Beach County commissioners have decided.
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Melissa L. Meeker: Reservoirs, creative solutions are key to Everglades restoration, water supply

As South Florida's regional water management agency, the South Florida Water Management District is responsible for providing flood control, restoring natural systems and ensuring a sustainable water supply for more than 7.7 million residents.
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'Woof!' case scenario: dogs train to hunt pythons in Everglades

'Woof!' case scenario: dogs train to hunt pythons in Everglades | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Stories about pythons and Labrador retrievers usually don't end well for the dogs. But the story of Jake and Ivey, black labs trained to hunt pythons in the Everglades, has a happy ending -- for the dogs.
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U.S. Sugar's cane, Clewiston's lifeblood, is still going strong after 80 years

U.S. Sugar's cane, Clewiston's lifeblood, is still going strong after 80 years | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
U.S. Sugar Corp. celebrates its 80th anniversary today, and the company could very well be around for another 80 years, said CEO and President Bob Buker.
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Jose Wejebe: Memorial celebrates 'Spanish Fly' fishing show TV host

Jose Wejebe:  Memorial celebrates 'Spanish Fly' fishing show TV host | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
There was laughter as well as tears — lots of laughter — as a standing room-only audience celebrated Jose Wejebe's life Sunday afternoon.
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‘Celebration of life’ set for Jose Wejebe, host of popular outdoors show - Outdoors - MiamiHerald.com

‘Celebration of life’ set for Jose Wejebe, host of popular outdoors show - Outdoors - MiamiHerald.com | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
A tribute is set for Sunday for ‘Spanish Fly’ host Jose Wejebe, who died in a plane crash last Friday in Everglades City.
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U.S. Sugar buys land in western Palm Beach County $150M

So the Palm Beach Post is reporting today that "U.S. Sugar Corp. this week paid $150 million for land owned by another cane grower," A. Duda & Sons Inc.'s approximately 14,000 acres in the unincorporated areas in the western part of the county.

 

Of course U.S. Sugar just sold 26,800 acres to the state for $197 million in 2010.

 

Anybody have any idea what's going on here? I mean, apart from the obvious. The Duda land must be richer and hold deeper pockets of muck, making it very attractive for cane farming.

 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Sugar land  the state bought for $197 million, ostensibly for restoration? U.S. Sugar gets to farm it for sugar cane indefinitely.

 

The Duda land just bought by U.S. Sugar for $150 million? Duda, which grows a lot of celery, gets to continue farming vegetables on it.

 

 

 

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American crocs coming back in Florida

Experts say the Florida population of American crocodiles is on the rise and they're moving closer to cities, posing a greater risk to people.
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Port Everglades plans $54M renovation of cruise terminals - South Florida Business Journal

Port Everglades plans $54M renovation of cruise terminals - South Florida Business Journal | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Port Everglades has announced plans for a $54 million renovation of its four cruise...
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Lighthouse Project - History: The Gladesmen

Lighthouse Project - History: The Gladesmen | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
The only times Loren "Totch" Brown left the Everglades was to fight in World War II and to go to prison for tax evasion.
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15-foot, 3-inch Burmese python: Caught by Florida Forest Rangers

15-foot, 3-inch Burmese python: Caught by Florida Forest Rangers | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
At 15 feet, 3 inches, the nonnative invasive snake caught in the Picayune Strand State Forest last week was just inches short of the 16-foot record for a python pulled out of the wilds of South Florida.
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Study: Agriculture industry pays fraction of clean-up cost of fertilizer pollution it creates

The agriculture industry is responsible for 76 percent of the phosphorus pollution going into the Everglades yet the industry pays just 24 percent of the cost of removing the harmful nutrient, according to a new study commissioned by the Everglades...
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Everglades National Park seeks more visitors - Business - MiamiHerald.com

Everglades National Park seeks more visitors - Business - MiamiHerald.com | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Everglades National Park is seeking to enhance its tourism marketing efforts as the United States prepares to draw international attention to its national parks.
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Everglades restoration funding squeezed back into state budget - Sun Sentinel (blog)

Everglades restoration funding squeezed back into state budget - Sun Sentinel (blog) | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Sun Sentinel (blog)Everglades restoration funding squeezed back into state budgetSun Sentinel (blog)By Andy Reid Turns out, budget-cutting Florida legislators decided Everglades restoration was worth investing in after all.
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Sugarcane expert will head UF center

Sugarcane expert will head UF center | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it
Sugarcane expert Rob Gilbert has been appointed director of the University of Florida's Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.
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Why Restore the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee | Everglades Forever | Florida DEP

Why Restore the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee | Everglades Forever | Florida DEP | The Everglades Puzzle | Scoop.it

Everglades Forever restoration... from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website as of Jan. 2011.

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