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  1. Conservationists plan Saturday rally for Everglades landRead the original story w/Photo

    12 hrs ago | The Miami Herald

    Conservationists who want Florida to preserve more land are holding rallies across the state Saturday in advance of the special legislative session that starts Monday. The push follows a bitter fight during the regular session that included protests and a rally headlined by Jimmy Buffett to persuade lawmakers to buy U.S. Sugar land before a deal expired.

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  2. Fred Grimm: Rather than risk a flooding catastrophe, wea ve opted for an environmental disasterRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | The Miami Herald

    We're stuck with the merely terrible - toxic algae-choked lagoons and rivers exacerbated by massive amounts of water flushed out of Lake Okeechobee. Better, I suppose, than the horrible.

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  3. Everglades could be back in play in lawmaker special sessionRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | The Miami Herald

    Environmentalists say they are not giving up the battle to secure land south of Lake Okeechobee for Everglades restoration. They're just changing tracts.

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  4. Monkey farms in Florida under scrutiny from officialsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 12 | The Miami Herald

    In this April 7, 2015 photo, BJ Gerald, a retired horse trainer who lives a few miles from a monkey breeding facility, talks to a reporter, in Alva, Fla. With three monkey-breeding facilities and a fourth in development, rural Hendry County has become one of the country's biggest suppliers of research primates.

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  5. U.S. Sugar land deal gets a second but unlikely shotRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday May 7 | The Miami Herald

    The governing board of the South Florida Water Management District plans to revisit a land deal that expires in October to buy 46,000 acres of U.S. Sugar land. The district originally negotiated to buy the land to store water to quench the southern Everglades.

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  6. Dry winter, slow progress on Everglades work puts Florida Bay at riskRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 3 | The Miami Herald

    Last month, while the rest of the state fretted over polluted water from Lake Okeechobee fouling nearby rivers, officials at the South Florida Water Management District reported that the southern Everglades was in trouble. Salinity in Taylor Slough, an historic freshwater artery for the bay, had spiked for the second year in a row, threatening to violate targets set to protect the marshes and marine life.

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  7. Water releases from Lake Okeechobee raise concerns for rivers and birdsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Apr 30 | The Miami Herald

    With the arrival of the wet season and growing pressure on the lake's aging dike, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Thursday that it would continue releasing water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers despite an algae bloom in and around the lake. Two years ago, polluted lake water helped trigger a massive bloom, the latest in a string plaguing the St. Lucie River, killing seagrass and fish and leaving the water too toxic for swimming.

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  8. Welcome to the EvergladesRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 21, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    We can hardly think of a better place for President Obama to visit this Earth Day than the unparallelled natural wonder of the Everglades. The Everglades that Mr. Obama will see on Wednesday is a dramatically reduced version of nature's original, the result of human encroachment and the diversion of water to accommodate development and agriculture.

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  9. Buy land to protect water supplyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    I want to honor the memory of Miami resident Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who was a staunch advocate and defender of the Everglades. She would have been 125 years old on April 7. On behalf of the city of Miami and its more than 400,000 residents, I recently wrote letters to Gov. Rick Scott, Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, detailing my strong support for the acquisition of land currently under option within the Everglades Agricultural Area before the option expires in October.

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  10. Big sugar land buy for Everglades restoration hits road blockRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 9, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Calling the deal too costly with too little benefit, the South Florida Water Management District board on Thursday effectively canned a 2010 deal to buy 46,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land that it once considered critical to restoring the Everglades and coastal estuaries. Instead, board members voted to back a $5 billion restoration plan mapped out by Gov. Rick Scott for the next 20 years that does not include the land.

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  11. Jimmy Buffett rallies parrotheads for U.S. Sugar land purchaseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 7, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    With musician Jimmy Buffett singing about "changes in latitudes" Tuesday outside Florida's Capitol, proponents of buying Everglades land from U.S. Sugar Corp. hope in the next few weeks to change the attitudes of lawmakers opposed to the deal. Introduced by Miami Herald columnist and novelist Carl Hiaasen, Buffett played a 25-minute mid-day acoustic set as part of an Everglades Day rally that attracted more than 500 people to the Capitol courtyard.

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  12. What Everglades advocates are fighting for in Tallahassee a " and why it may not happenRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 7, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Today, Everglades advocates are in Tallahassee rallying for officials to buy more than 40,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee from the U.S. Sugar Corp. And as they listen to fellow environmentalists and singer Jimmy Buffett champion their cause, no doubt many will have some concerns about the future of their endeavor, which has gained little support among decisionmakers. Here are the top 10 reasons why a deal to buy the sugar land for Everglades restoration may not go through: 1. The buyer isn't interested and the seller doesn't want to sell.

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  13. Fred Grimm: Cash for protestors, but no free breakfastRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The protestors hit their cues. They shouted. They shook their fists. They held signs demanding: "Stop The Land Grab."

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  14. A list of some fatal US church van crashes since 2010Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Eight members of a Fort Pierce, Florida, church died early Monday when their van drove into a ditch west of Lake Okeechobee. Fatal church van crashes happen several times a year in the U.S. Here are some that have happened since 2010: - Feb. 21, 2014: The driver of a Florida Seventh-day Adventist church van and another adult die when a tire blows and the van flips during a trip to a Georgia youth camp.

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  15. Church van crashes into canal, killing 8 and injuring 10Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The congregants of a close-knit Haitian church gathered Monday around Nicolas Alexis, hoping to learn what happened to 18 friends and loved ones who had been expected to return that morning from a late Palm Sunday service. Alexis described how he frantically tried to check who was alive after their overloaded church van crashed in the darkness in rural southwest Florida.

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  16. Miamia s Top 5: The remainders of Ultra, the cool in the air, rape charges, and moreRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The play will go on without world No. 3, Rafael Nadal, who lost Sunday to 43-rd rank fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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  17. Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    The Florida Highway Patrol says eight people died and 10 others were injured when a passenger van ran through a stop sign, crossed all lanes of U.S. 27 and landed in a canal in rural southwest Florida. The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. early Monday in Glades County at an intersection.

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  18. Sweet dealRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 28, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Florida lawmakers may be on the verge of making a mistake of historic proportions by letting a splendid opportunity to aid Everglades restoration and clean up waters east and west of Lake Okeechobee slip through their fingers this session. If anything, it understates the stakes involved for Florida's environmental future as a deadline to buy land that could be used as a reservoir to store and clean polluted water gets nearer while the state dawdles.

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  19. Miami family killed in crash survived house fire in 2014Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 19, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    CBS 4 reports 39-year-old Carolina Ortiz and her three children - ages 17, 16 and 14 - died early Tuesday when their car hit a trailer that had become dislodged and was then hit by another truck. The family was living in South Bay near Lake Okeechobee since a fire destroyed their home in September.

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  20. South Florida fishing report: March 18, 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2015 | The Miami Herald

    Captain Dean Panos of Double D Charters out of Keystone Marina reported on recent charters offshore of Miami his clients have had dolphins of 40 and 42 pounds plus numerous smaller dolphins. These fish were under frigate birds and floating debris.

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