Protesters have to raise the pain level higher.
Much, much higher.
As I've said before, buy land:yes. Buy THIS land: NO!!! Wrong land in the wrong place at the wrong price. Stop wasting your already diminishing clout and voice with the politicians and seek a deal they will support.
Anon, above. Total disinformation.
no,total truth. The SFWMD never even wanted this deal, it was forced on them by Governor Christ. Anyone who understands the Everglades can tell you that this land is in the wrong location to do any good and the District's scientists and engineers knew that from day one. $350 Million for less than 50,000 acres of land (equals $7k per acre!)?!?!?! are you kidding me? there is other, better suited land that can be bought with those funds. I don't know why the environmental organizations got so heavy into supporting this deal, but that does not change the fact that it is a bad deal.
You got to do better than just saying it's a bad deal to have any credibility on this. Why is it a bad deal? Of course, the fact is that it's in a perfect location.
I am not the same poster as above. As a District employee I can assure you it is a bad deal for both the environment and the taxpayers. Too many long reasons to explain here. Go to the SFWMD website and read up on it.
Here's why I'm credible and I know this is a bad deal. I was a SFWMD scientist when this deal was first created and finally approved. I know the facts behind it and I know what the reactions/positions of my peers and my superiors were at that time (and still are today). This is the wrong land, in the wrong place, for the wrong price. First, it is too far west and higher in elevation than the vast majority of the Everglades. Second, quite simply, just to make this land usable, the State would have to spend millions of dollars to clean it up and then millions more to engineer infrastructure needs to make the water flow uphill towards it and to keep it stored there. Once the District knew they were stuck with this deal, they pinned their hopes on using a portion of the land for short term storage and the rest for a complicated land swap for agricultural lands they could actually use to help the Everglades. If Florida Crystals told them that they'd be willing to do such a swap tomorrow, this purchase would be on next month's Governing Board agenda.
those were not activists nor real protesters, the were paid actors of south florida ! the palm beach post has called them out !!!
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