Big Sugar

A new front in the ongoing battle between Everglades restoration and Florida’s sugar industry has opened up. This time, it’s over a planned water reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. Environmentalists are suing to block an extension of sugar leases they say could delay construction.


A lobbyist given the edit pen on pending regulations. A regulatory agency influenced by the very people and businesses it’s tasked with overseeing. That’s the story from reporter Lucas Deprile, whose report in the Treasure Coast Palms newspaper looks at a trove of emails and meeting notes he says shows the South Florida Water Management District diluting new rules about water quality at the behest of a U.S. Sugar lobbyist. 

Gov. Rick Scott, flanked by representatives of environmental groups and the sugar industry,  signed Everglades-restoration legislation Tuesday intended to raise millions of dollars through a sugar-cane tax and state contributions over the next decade, the Sun-Sentinel reported.