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The fake news industry kicked off the new year in style. A flurry of misinformation from US Sugar’s Judy Sanchez, Janet Taylor’s “Glades Lives Matter,” the Sunshine State News, the Okeechobee News and others introduced the following stories (in no particular order):
Some of these would be funny if they weren’t part of a deliberate, well-funded campaign to clutter the news with distracting, contradictory noise that muddles messages about Everglades restoration, and especially Joe Negron’s plan to buy land in the EAA. They don’t need to fool anyone – just create enough irritating static to make people tune out.
US Sugar singled out today’s Everglades Coalition Annual Conference, too, deriding the idea that one solution can help fix three estuaries. This isn’t just cheap criticism – the plan to fix Florida’s broken plumbing has a far better chance to succeed if it unites people and conservation groups from around the state.
We’ll be at the conference, too, covering presentations, reports, and discussions. Look for summaries on our Facebook page and linked in next week’s newsletter.
Stay Tuned: Calls to Lawmakers Needed
In Tallahassee next Wednesday (January 11) at 10:00, a Florida senate subcommittee will hear presentations - for and against - on Sen. Negron's plan to create dynamic water storage in the EAA. The agenda is here. We'll summarize the bill when we see a draft, and we may need people to contact subcommittee members. If we do, Bullsugar.org will send out contact information and key points ASAP.
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