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  1. Who is behind the petition against U.S. Sugar land deal?Read the original story w/Photo

    7 hrs ago | Palm Beach Post

    Another protest is scheduled this Thursday at the South Florida Water Management District but the Mermaid of Death is not expected among the tea party activists and others who intend to urge the district not to purchase 46,800 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee from U.S. Sugar. The 9 a.m. protest is being promoted by the Tea Party of Miami and Florida Citizens Against Waste, a group that has no contact information on its website and is not registered to do business in Florida.

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  2. Scott signs bill setting Florida 2016 presidential primary on March 15Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 19 | Palm Beach Post

    It's official. Florida's presidential primary in 2016 will be held on March 15, guaranteeing the winner of the Republican primary all of Florida's sizable number of delegates.

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  3. Tours begin to see rare flock of flamingos in South Florida's...Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Mar 17 | Palm Beach Post

    Flamingos have started arriving again in a remote area of the Everglades, where the local Aubudon Society is leading weekend tours. Last year, scientists at the site counted 147 of the pink and black birds, the largest flock of flamingos seen in Florida for more than a 100 years.

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  4. Death Mermaid, other protesters urge water managers to buy U.S. Sugar...Read the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 12 | Palm Beach Post

    Linda Curtis of Stuart wears Death Mermaid costume to dramatize harmful effects of Lake Okeechobee discharges into the St. Lucie River estuary. Chanting "Buy the land" and "No purchase, no peace," about 60 demonstrators gathered outside South Florida Water Management District headquarters this morning to urge the district's board to approve the purchase of 46,800 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee to store water.

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  5. Are Lake O discharges threatening Martin's Bird Island?Read the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Mar 8 | Palm Beach Post

    Florida's newest Critical Wildlife Area, a tiny bird island in the Indian River Lagoon near Sewall's Point, has survived erosion, hurricanes and the curiosity of boaters and fishermen. Now if faces a challenge - again - from an early dumping of Lake Okeechobee's murky water.

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  6. House passes water-policy overhaul billRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 5 | Palm Beach Post

    A bill proposing a massive overhaul of the state's water policy passed passed the House today - the third day of the session - with only 9 dissenting votes. The bill has rallied environmental groups, who say it will gut existing plans to clean-up Lake Okeechobee and shift responsibility for overseeing the clean-up from the South Florida Water Management District and the Department of Environmental Protection to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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  7. U.S. Sugar land-buy battle kicked up a notchRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Although the Governor and the South Florida Water Management District have hinted strongly that they don't support buying U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration and the Speaker of the House Steve Crisafulli has unequivocally said "no," an environmental group has launched a six-figure television and multimedia campaign in support of the land buy. Meanwhile, U.S. Sugar, which wants to continue to farm the land, has countered by providing journalists with a smorgasbord of public records on its new virtual filing cabinet for the media.

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  8. Guy Harvey resorts to Glades residents: "The best is yet to come"Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Guy Harvey Outpost says "the best is yet to come" if Pahokee officials decide to bring the company's signature line of resorts and lodges to the banks of Lake Okeechobee. In a presentation submitted to Pahokee officials, Harvey's resort chain said it plan to take over operations the city's marina and campground would bring sunset celebrations, fishing, festivals, and motorcycle and eco-camping to region.

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  9. Farmers brace for cold tonightRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Helicopters fly over Benton Tyson's cornfield between Belle Glade and Pahokee before dawn Jan. 17, 2014, in an attempt to keep the crops from freezing. Belle Glade and Pahokee area farmers are lining up helicopters today in case they are needed to protect sensitive sweet corn and green bean crops from freezing temperatures tonight.

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  10. Speaker Crisafulli: Don't buy land south of Lake ORead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 18, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Finally, an elected official in Florida has made a decision on whether the state should buy a large swath of U.S. Sugar land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration and is willing to say so publically. House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, says he opposes the controversial land deal that would enable the South Florida Water Management District to purchase 46,800 acres of land south of the lake at fair market value.

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  11. Does Gov. Scott's Everglades restoration plan go far enough?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 31, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Gov. Rick Scott, here talking with the press at the Pine Jog Environmental Education Center after signing the Everglades restoration bill in 2013, on Tuesday pledged about $150 million this year and $5 billion over the next 20 years dedicated to Everglades restoration projects.. when he urged lawmakers to set aside a quarter of the money raised by Amendment 1 for Everglades restoration.

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  12. Should Florida buy the U.S. Sugar land to help save rivers, restore...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Protesters, including active paddler Tracy Booth, of Stuart, show their opposition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release of water into the St. Lucie River estuary at the St. Lucie River Lock and Dam last week. The message to Gov. Rick Scott from a growing number of South Florida residents is clear: Buy U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee now.

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  13. PBC getting new bookmobile, thanks to $225,000 donationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2015 | Palm Beach Post

    Bookmobiles are custom made so it will take at least a year for the county to acquire its new bookmobile. "We are very happy, obviously, and are already at work to procure the new vehicle,'' library director Doug Crane said Friday.

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  14. Palm Beach County not happy with FEMA, Army CorpsRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 22, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    Palm Beach County has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to hold off on finalizing flood zone maps that could force some of the county's poorest residents to pay for flood insurance. The county wants FEMA to hold off on the maps until the agency gets updated information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has upgraded a part of the dike system at Lake Okeechobee.

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  15. Water storage deal smells like a costly boondoggleRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 21, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    In 2013, worried about the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike around Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pumped billions of gallons of runoff and Lake Okeechobee water into the brackish Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. The consequences for water quality, and the plant and animal life were extreme - dead oyster beds, dead manatees and dead sea grass beds.

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  16. West Palm Beach Commissioners to hear long-rarge water supply plansRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 15, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    At a work session this morning, West Palm Beach commissioners will hear an update on how and where they'll get their water over the next several decades. In August, assistant city administrator Scott Kelly, who's the city's point man on water supply and treatment, told commissioners research showed the population served by West Palm Beach's water system will increase by 60 percent in the next half century, but average and maximum demand will increase by only about 45 percent.

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  17. Should Palm Beach County ditch the Treasure Coast Regional Planning...Read the original story w/Photo

    Dec 1, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    After 38 years, Palm Beach County officials want to leave the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council to hook up with the big cities in the South Florida Regional Council, which has dropped "planning" from its name. Instead of developing policies for economic and regional planning in an area with almost 2 million people, Palm Beach County would be dealing with the problems of 4.4 million.

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  18. Is Gov. Rick Scott sincere about Everglades restoration?Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    If there were doubts about the sincerity of Gov. Rick Scott's intentions for the Everglades, they were lifted this month after the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity raised 34 specific objections to the 43,0000-acre development sector plan known as Sugar Hill. Encompassing 43,313 acres of land, the Sugar Hill Sector Plan would put 18,000 residential units and 25 million square feet of commercial space -- the equivalent of 25 Gardens Malls - onto what's now mostly Hendry County sugarcane fields, with estimated build-out planned for 2060.

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  19. Sierra Club endorses Crist, says he'll 'reverse the damage' Scott causedRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    The Sierra Club of Florida endorsed Democrat Charlie Crist for governor Tuesday, citing his past performance in fighting coal-fired utility plants, Everglades restoration, climate change and regulatory matters. Sierra Club is one of the few environmental organizations that issues endorsements.

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  20. After 86 years, survivor recalls the great 1928 hurricaneRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 17, 2014 | Palm Beach Post

    Leslie Douglas , a survivor of the 1928 hurricane, with his son Brian, who still resides in Palm Beach County. Leslie Douglas turned 96 in February.

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