Water Managers Approve Sugar Deal

Posted by Paige Bresky - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - An effort to restore Florida's Everglades will move forward after water managers approved a new, scaled back land deal.

The South Florida Water Management District board voted Thursday to approve a state plan to buy 26,791 acres for about $197.4 million from U.S. Sugar.

State officials say the land will be used to help restore the Everglades suffering from years of dikes and diversions to make way for homes and farms.

Opponents claim the deal will only stall other key restoration projects. The Miccosukee Indians, who live in the Everglades, are asking a federal judge in Miami to stop the deal.

The original plan, announced in 2008, was to pay $1.75 billion for all U.S. Sugar's 180,000 acres, but it has now been scaled back.

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