Reservior Opponents Resent Orvis Lobbying

Mar 17, 2017

Rural Palm Beach County officials and sugar growers are reacting bitterly to a business group’s lobbying campaign for a massive reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

U.S. Sugar chief spokeswoman Judy Sanchez says a Senate plan to flood 60,000 acres of farmland South of Lake Okeechobee will displace workers and do nothing to cure toxic algae blooms.
Credit WLRN

Governor Rick Scott and legislative leaders met with Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg, hoteliers, a boat manufacturer and the CEO of Vermont-based outfitter, Orvis.

U.S. Sugar’s Judy Sanchez says the group is pitching a plan that will devastate the local economy and do nothing to stop toxic algae blooms in South Florida waterways.

“It’s a pretty sad state of affairs that you have big outdoor recreational companies and their executives walking around, looking to put the hard-working men and women of the Glades community out of jobs.”

Eikenberg and delegation members stressed the economic fallout from the environmental emergency and the threat future blooms pose for tourism and the outdoor recreational industry.

A chamber poll claims 92 percent of Lee County hotels lost 100 nights of stay because of the outbreak.