U.S. Sugar vows support of EAA reservoir project

U.S. Sugar’s support of Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA) project was questioned at the Oct. 10 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board, but reinforced by an Oct. 11 letter to that board. The controversy began with a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ request for public […]

Florida Crystals praised for EAA lease changes

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board had nothing but praise for Florida Crystals at its Oct. 10 meeting. Executive Director Drew Bartlett said when he came on board with the SFWMD, the governing board challenged him to expedite work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area […]

Florida Crystals praised for EAA land lease adjustments

OKEECHOBEE – The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) governing board had nothing but praise for Florida Crystals at their Oct. 10 meeting. Executive Director Drew Bartlett said when he came on board with the SFWMD, the governing board challenged him to expedite work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area […]

Why lease out the state land?

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The site of the future EAA reservoir has been in state ownership for more than 20 years. It was purchased in anticipation of the future need for the land for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). There are many reasons for leasing out the land until the corps is ready to […]

UPDATED: Florida Crystals voluntarily agrees to terminate lease early to expedite construction of storm water treatment area

PALM BEACH COUNTY Florida Crystals is living up to the promise to make leased land available as needed for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir and stormwater treatment area (STA). On Sept. 30, the New Hope Sugar Company (part of the Florida Crystals Corporation) sent a letter voluntarily terminating its lease on lands needed to […]

EAA reservoir still 9 years away

WEST PALM BEACH — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir project is on track but even if everything runs smoothly, the reservoir won’t be complete until 2028 according to a report shared at the Sept. 12 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board. SFWMD Governing Board Member Jacqui Thurlow Lippisch shared an […]

EAA reservoir land involved in lawsuit

SOUTH FLORIDA — Land designated for the future Everglades Agricultural (EAA) reservoir is once again involved in a lawsuit. Florida Wildlife Federation Inc. has filed a legal challenge to the South Florida Water Management Governing Board’s decision to lease most of the land for sugar farming for at least two years. The SFWMD Governing Board […]

Reservoir plan faces ‘speed bumps’ and potential ‘brick wall’

OKEECHOBEE — The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir plan proposed by Florida Senate Bill 10 in 2016 has been approved by Congress and President Donald Trump. It awaits a federal funding appropriation. At the Nov. 8 meeting of the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board, SFWMD General Counsel Brian Accardo said there are other […]

Work begins on EAA reservoir project

OKEECHOBEE — On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the South Florida Water Management District began work on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir, as heavy equipment began clearing 560 acres of sugar cane. “We are moving at lightning speed while fulfilling all the requirements of state law because we know how important this project is to the […]

Land slated for EAA reservoir leased for farming

OKEECHOBEE — The South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Governing Board voted Nov. 8 to approve an eight-year lease with Florida Crystals on 16,150 acres of state land in the footprint of the future site of the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir. After 20 months, SFWMD can terminate the lease with four months’ notice, if […]