The Real Deal Miami

Floridians’ support for Everglades land purchase could go either way, depending on who you believe

December 22, 2009 01:07PM

The vast majority of Floridians feel the state’s purchase of 73,000 acres of Everglades land from U.S. Sugar is a $536 million mistake, according to a recent poll, in direct contrast to a similar poll released in October. The latest poll, commissioned by Associated Industries of Florida and conducted by Zogby International showed that 75 percent of Floridians oppose the deal. That’s the mirror opposite of research commissioned by the Everglades Foundation, whose October poll conducted by Maitland-based Kitchens Group indicated 75 percent support for the big land buy. In a lengthy process, Gov. Charlie Crist announced the land purchase
deal, which was approved by the board of the South Florida Water
Management District in August. AIF is a non-profit that opposed the purchase, while the Everglades Foundation was one of its primary supporters.  [SFBJ]