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Beware of common rallying cry for more state land buying

"Buy the land, send the water south" has become a common rallying cry for Florida activists looking to return the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades. This kind of mantra tells me history has been forgotten and reality is no longer common sense.My fear is this mindset is tied ...

Medicare Part B reimbursement cuts are backdoor rationing

Imagine being denied treatment for cancer because Washington bureaucrats decided that a cutting-edge new therapy that could cure you just wasn't "cost effective."That's already happening in Britain under its government-run healthcare system, the National Health Service. And Medicare officials ...

U.S. Sugar’s advertising ignores missing piece of puzzle

U.S. Sugar has placed several full-page newspaper advertisements reporting the "facts" about moving Lake Okeechobee water south. On behalf of the 61 organizations of the Everglades Coalition, committed to the protection and restoration of America's Everglades, we must set the record ...

Representative intends to stick with Florida House

When Congressman Clawson announced he would not run for re-election for District 19, I was urged by a number of constituents and community leaders about the opportunity to represent Southwest Florida in Congress.Over the last few days my family and I have weighed this decision. And as I told ...

State, feds working on C-43 West Basin Storage Reservoir

As a South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member, I heard loud and clear when residents of the Southwest Florida said completing a reservoir to store and deliver water to the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary was their top environmental priority within the basin. With support ...

Congressman not ‘fixin’ water woes as previously stated

In his recent opinion "Real Progress Made In Reducing Water Pollutants," Congressman Tom Rooney suggests that this year's wettest dry season, since 1932, has magnified a long standing grievance with the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE) as excessive volume of polluted water was ...

Environmental critics muddying waters with misinformation

Throughout the year, Floridians have watched with concern as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has released billions of gallons of water from Lake Okeechobee in an effort to reduce pressure on the Herbert Hoover Dike and also prepare for the rainy season. As residents of South and ...

Benefits of C-43 reservoir project for Caloosahatchee estuary

As a South Florida Water Management District Governing Board member, I heard loud and clear when residents of the Southwest Florida said completing a reservoir to store and deliver water to the Caloosahatchee River and estuary was their top environmental priority within the basin.With support ...