The Real Deal Miami

Crist plans to save Everglades land instead of helping its former owner

March 09, 2010 10:01AM

Governor Crist announced a plan to save land in the Everglades with much fanfare. The divisive purchase of 73,000 acres of land, finally approved by a Palm Beach court in December after several revisions, was initially seen as a means of preserving America’s only subtropical wetland. It is, however, increasingly looking like a way to preserve the fortunes of its former owner, United States Sugar. According to a report in the New York Times, newly-discovered evidence shows that much of the proceedings in the deal were effectively controlled by U.S. Sugar, and a number of other Everglades-related projects were suspended due to the purchase. [NYT]