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Negron Vows To Consider State Funds For Hoover Dike

Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) speaks to members of the Florida Board of Governors Tuesday, 6/21/16
Florida Channel

Florida Senate President Joe Negron said he appreciates Governor Rick Scott’s support for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. But he’s concerned about Scott’s request to include $200 million to fix the Herbert Hoover dike. Negron said he doesn’t trust the federal government to reimburse the state for repairs to the federally-operated levee.

“That being said, we’re certainly going to give it every consideration and every time the governor of the state of Florida makes a recommendation on a bill that’s moving through the process, we give great weight to that,” he said.

Negron has scaled down his reservoir request south of Lake Okeechobee. The revised plan buys less private land and reduces the price to $1.5 billion over 10 years. But, the House is opposed to borrowing money for the project.

Sarah Mueller is a journalist who has worked for media outlets in several states since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2010 and worked as a print reporter covering local government and politics.