"No one believes that we are at the final stage of restoring America’s Everglades. It is disingenuous for the sugar industry to suggest otherwise. There is much to be done such as the implementation of the critical Central Everglades Planning Project which will help move water south from Lake Okeechobee. We also need funding for construction of the C-43 and C-44 reservoirs to help stem pollution in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.The vast pollution from Lake Okeechobee has had horrendous effects, again, on both coasts of Florida. The South Florida water management system, organized to protect suburbs and Big Sugar.
Water quality along Southwest Florida's shores may be starting to impact home sales and vacation rentals near the beach. That's the concern of at least two realtors who say they lost an out-of-state client when he saw the dark and murky Gulf of Mexico.
"We had a real shock this morning," said Mike Reeves of Reeves Family Team, part of Coldwell Banker. Reeves' prospective homebuyer, Terry Reid of Chicago, sent an email saying he was backing out of his Fort Myers Beach condo search because of the dirty water.