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Time to Act Against Big Sugar

By Karl Wickstrom

Here's the slimy and stinky blue-green algae that is discharged to the coastal estuaries in wet times.

If you get into the sticky field of horse-trading, be mighty careful.

You don't want to give away the great Secretariat and get a stubborn mule in return.

Horse-trading (better known as compromising) is the name of the game now in Tallahassee as the Florida Legislature limps toward adjournment.

Whether anything significant is accomplished to tame the gushers of pollution that besiege our waters is an unknown at this writing.

We suggested that only the Shadow may know the inside doings.

Our best bet to get the low-down may be to become a fly on the wall in some of the secret gatherings going on night and day in the capitol.

Short of that difficult intelligence work, we urgently need once again to contact lawmakers to demand passage of a real plan for a reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area (Big Sugar). This would be a "dynamic" holding place that could greatly reduce or eliminate the horrendous discharges sent from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The reservoir also would feed needed water into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

The project is simply part of the long-stalled CERP program—NOT someone's new political brainstorm.

This year's legislative session is scheduled to end May 7, though it can be extended, and-or a special session may be called on a designated subject.

By the way, keep an eye on that legislative wall clock if it still exists.

Years ago, when and if time was running out for adjournment, certain leaders would actually change the apparent time in order to give them extra minutes of deliberation.

True story.

First Published Florida Sportsman Magazine May 2017

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