Everglades land deal heats up

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An Everglades Foundation poll has revealed that 75 percent of Floridian respondents back the $536 million, 73,000-acre wetlands purchase that would aim to restore the area. An additional 78 percent of respondents supported ‘strict land-use controls’ to block residential or commercial development in the farm belt southeast of Lake Okeechobee. The poll, which drew criticism from Florida Crystals Corp., a principal opponent of the land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp., included 600 likely voters statewide. Florida Crystals wants to use some of its land for the proposed inland port that’s now under consideration by the Port of Palm Beach Commission. [Miami Herald]

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