South Florida Water Management District Makes Historic Vote

            On Monday, December 15th, 2008, the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) governing board convened for what would have been a regular meeting except for two things – a vote that was to occur on the acceptance of the Caloosahatchee River Watershed Protection Plan and the vote on whether or not to accept a contract to purchase 180,000 acres of land from U.S. Sugar. The latter represented the largest land acquisition by a state government in our nation’s history, and before the board finally voted 4-3 in favor of the plan they listened to two days of testimony – including some 50 public comments – and deliberated for 4 hours. The decision was a landmark one for our state, and very emotional, as both the fate of a community and the future of the Everglades hung in the balance. I was there for both days of this historical meeting.

 

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Published in: on January 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm  Leave a Comment