Tea Parties Boiling Over Crist's U.S. Sugar Deal

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Editor’s Note – A good analysis of the Sugar-Everglades deal and the effort being put together today to oppose it.  Activists will be converging on West Palm Beach today to voice their dissaproval.

Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sugar Corp. President Robert Buker look on as Shannon Estenoz, SFWMD board member, signs the first agreement to acquire 180,000 acres from the sugar giant (Image: courtesy of SFWMD)Hide
Gov. Charlie Crist and U.S. Sugar Corp. President Robert Buker look on as Shannon Estenoz, SFWMD board member, signs the first agreement to acquire 180,000 acres from the sugar giant (Image: courtesy of SFWMD)Hide

Tea Parties Boiling Over Crist’s U.S. Sugar Deal

By Kenric Ward
Sunshine State News

Tea partiers and a Republican political action committee say they will descend on South Florida Water Management District headquarters today to protest the agency’s purchase of U.S. Sugar property for Everglades restoration.

“We want to end the bailout,” said Daniel Diaz, director of the Republican Majority Campaign PAC, based in Pompano Beach.

GOP and tea opposition to the U.S. Sugar-Everglades deal has galvanized since Gov. Charlie Crist — the prime proponent of the land purchase — bolted the Republican Party and took his U.S. Senate bid “independent.”

Diaz said his group is part of a conservative coalition whose Web site — EndCharliesBailout.com — is helping to organize today’s protest.

The district’s plan to pay $536 million for 73,000 acres of U.S. Sugar property has fractured Floridians environmentally, economically and politically.  Unveiled with much fanfare by Crist in 2008, the project was subsequently downsized from the original $1.75 billion deal. The revised plan contains an option for 107,000 more acres.

Read More – http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/tea-parties-boiling-over-everglades-us-sugar-deal

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