From the St. Augustine Record:
Commissioners…unanimously approved a resolution urging the Florida Legislature and Cabinet to more equally disburse funds for water conservation projects across the state.
Commissioner Jeb Smith cited concerns expressed to him in “no less than 19” correspondences about a proposal put forward by Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, to spend nearly $2.4 billion to purchase 60,000 acres of farmland from sugar producers (who are not interested in selling) and build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store and clean water.
Smith has said Negron’s proposal would constitute a “narrow use” of funding that was supposed to be set aside for land and water maintenance and acquisition statewide as provided in the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative (or Amendment 1), approved by Florida voters in 2014.
Commissioner Henry Dean, a former head of the St. Johns River Water Management District, said there are other reservoirs and stormwater treatment facilities already on the books he believed would fix the problem and save the state the $2.4 billion.
“Frankly, it just doesn’t work,” he said of the proposal.