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Pollution not a priority for SFWMD

By Staff | Nov 21, 2018

To the editor:

South Florida Water Management District should be called the Agricultural Co-op.

As the paper reported, they extended the lease to the sugar industry the day after the election in a surprise hastily called meeting. The lease was extended through 2027. Could it be that they wanted to sign the lease before a new governor took charge? Both candidates had promised to take the state in a different direction than Rick Scott had. Scott had sacrificed clean water for millions of Floridians by allowing agriculture to pollute the water that flows into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.

We have seen signs that the “water” board is not protecting the rights of the citizens of Florida. Their actions have suggested for some time that they are not there to protect the water rights of Floridians but to give those rights to agriculture that has a major role in the pollution.

They weren’t done yet. The meeting went on for hours until all but one of the people there to protect the interest of the citizens of Florida had left. Then they waived the requirement that agriculture must treat its runoff water instead of polluting Lake Okeechobee and St. Lucie.

This board was appointed by Rick Scott so we now know for sure where he stands and why in his eight years as governor, the pollution has only gotten worse.

John Allen Benedict

Cape Coral