The sugar industry is at it again. Tomorrow, the Florida Senate will vote on SB 2508, which is legislation that would keep water levels in Lake Okeechobee higher, resulting in more discharges to the east and west coasts of Florida. This bill would undo all of the work we have done to stop those toxic discharges.
SB 2508 was written by politicians who are bought by the sugar industry, and they’re getting exactly what they paid for.
In case the sugar industry’s influence wasn’t fishy enough, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) - the agency that would be responsible for implementing this bill - was never even consulted about the legislation.
If this bill passes, the St. Lucie and the Caloosahatchee estuaries will continue to be the state’s septic tank, taking in all of the nasty discharges from the lake — not to mention that it’ll redirect funding away from the critical EAA Reservoir project.
To the legislators in Tallahassee: we’ll be watching what you do tomorrow, and you can be sure I will continue to fight so that Floridians can fish, boat and play in safety. Take a listen to my comment on this disastrous bill at the last SFWMD meeting.