Stop a Sugar Hill Sector Plan

October 1, 2014 - storage organizer

—— This is a minute that was sent to Gov. Scott in response of land use devise change (The Sugar Hill Sector Plan) recently due by Hendry County that would concede adult to 18,000 homes and 25 million block feet of blurb and other uses in a really segment that is essential to a ability of a state and sovereign supervision to solve a predicament in a estuaries and revive a Everglades.

Residents and businesses on a easterly and west seashore suffered mercantile massacre final summer since soiled H2O from Lake Okeechobee was dumped into a Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers and estuaries.

The resolution has been transparent for decades H2O from Lake Okeechobee contingency be changed south to palliate a weight on a Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers and estuaries and to yield vicious H2O supply to a desiccated Everglades National Park.

The state of Florida has a agreement with U.S. Sugar to squeeze 46,800 acres south of Lake Okeechobee that will finish in Oct 2015, and to squeeze some-more than 100,000 additional acres before a rest of a agreement options expire. These are a really lands compulsory to stop a harmful pumping of large volumes of H2O to a estuaries, and upsurge that H2O southward instead to revive a executive and southern Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management District publicly settled that a intensity merger of these lands “represents an rare event to strengthen and revive a Everglades in a approach we never anticipated.” (8/14/2008). The District has grown several choice skeleton for these replacement projects. As a Florida Supreme Court ruled in 2010, a U.S. Sugar squeeze “serves a open purpose of conserving and safeguarding H2O and water-related resources.”

The event to secure and use these lands for H2O storage and upsurge -the usually picturesque choice for genuine replacement success- is threatened by a land use devise change (The Sugar Hill Sector Plan) recently due by Hendry County for over 43,000 acres owned by U.S. Sugar and Hilliard Brothers that would concede adult to 18,000 homes and 25 million block feet of blurb and other uses in a really segment that is essential to a ability of a state and sovereign supervision to solve a predicament in a estuaries and revive a Everglades.

Approval of this Sector Plan could finish any picturesque possibility of doing this possibly directly by permitting a capitulation of growth that would obviate restoration, or indirectly by augmenting a suppositional marketplace value of a lands indispensable for restoration. The due Sector Plan appears unsuitable with countless mandate of Florida’s land use formulation law, as a outcome of a disaster to acknowledge state’s replacement efforts, and a bearing of this land for growth relations to drainage, H2O management, H2O supply and other issues.

We, a 46 undersigned organizations, call on a care of a Governor’s Office to safeguard that a Department of Environmental Protection and a South Florida Water Management District perform their shortcoming underneath state formulation law to rigourously surprise a state’s land formulation group (The Department of Economic Opportunity, DEO) in essay of a contribution and resources mentioned above associated to these lands. The agencies should yield DEO all accessible information about these facts, characteristics and considerations, and yield a full and straightforward reason about a intensity of a due Sector Plan to jeopardise a final picturesque possibility to entirely revive a estuaries and a Everglades. We trust this information will make DEO to rigourously intent to a Sector Plan since of a inauspicious outcome on an emanate and trickery of statewide significance a Florida Everglades and a Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie estuaries and a inundate control, H2O supply and mercantile functions they yield to scarcely 8 million Floridians and millions of traveller and visitors. Allowing a Sugar Hill growth to ensue would put a Everglades and coastal communities in grave peril.

Now is a time for a state of Florida to entirely make a authorised responsibilities and rights on their interest before it’s too late.

Frank Jackalone, Florida Staff Director Sierra Club; Marty Baum, Executive Director, Keeper Indian Riverkeeper; Mark D. Perry, Executive Director Florida Oceanographic Society; Donna Melzer, Chair Martin County Conservation Alliance; Rae Ann Wessel, Natural Resource Policy Director, Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation; Dr. Leesa Souto, Executive Director, Marine Resources Council; Alan Fritze, President, Landings Fishing Club; Birgit P. Miller, Executive Director, Ding Darling Wildlife Society;

John McCabe, President, Ding Darling Wildlife Society; Rodney Smith, President, Anglers for Conservation; Eric Eikenberg, CEO, The Everglades Foundation; Manley Fuller, President, Florida Wildlife Federation; Franklin Adams, Board Member, Florida Wildlife Federation; Alan Farago, President, Friends of a Everglades; John Adornato III, Sun Coast Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association; Roy Rogers, Board Member, 1000 Friends of Florida; Charles Pattison, Policy Director, 1000 Friends of Florida; Kathleen E. Aterno, Florida Director, Clean Water Action; Eric Draper, Executive Director, Audubon Florida; Michael F. Chenoweth, President, Florida Division of a Izaak Walton League of America Florida Keys Chapter of a Izaak Walton League of America; Sara Fain, Executive Director, Everglades Law Center; Laurie Macdonald, Florida Director, Defenders of Wildlife; Bradford Sewell, Esq., Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council; Millard McCleary, Executive Program Director, Reef Relief; Jennifer Rubiello, Field Organizer, Environment Florida; Paton White, President, Audubon of a Everglades; Grant Campbell, Director of Wildlife Policy/ Conservation Chair, South Florida Audubon Society; Alisa Coe, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice; Karen Ahlers, Executive Director, Florida Defenders of a Environment; Craig Diamond, Greater Everglades Chair, Sierra Club Florida Chapter; Liz Donley, Secretary Save Our Creeks, Inc.; Barbara Falsey, Vice President, Urban Environment League; Patty Whitehead, Secretary, Responsible Growth Management Coalition of Southwest Florida; John Debus, President, Treasure Coast Progressive Alliance; Justin Bloom, Exec Director, Suncoast Waterkeeper; Clayton Louis Ferrara, Executive Director, IDEAS for Us; Kenny Hinkle, Jr., President,; John W. Scott, Leader/Co-Founder, Clean Water Initiative of Florida; Christopher T. Byrd, Esq., President, The Byrd Law Group, P.A.; Karen Fraley, Owner, Around a Bend Nature Tours; Linda Young, Executive Director, Florida Clean Water Network; Bob Skinner, President, Izaak Walton League Mango Chapter; Pamela Pierce, President, Izaak Walton League Cypress Chapter; Marcia Cravens, Chair, Sierra Club Calusa Group Glades, Hendry, Collier and Lee counties; Drew Martin, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties; Deborah Longman-Marien, Chai,r Sierra Club Turtle Coast Group Brevard and Indian River counties; Stephen Mahoney, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club Miami Group; Marian Ryan, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club Ancient Islands Group De Soto, Hardee, Highlands, Polk, and Sumter counties; Stan Pannaman, Conservation Chair, Sierra Club Broward Group; and Linda Jones, Chair, Sierra Club Manatee-Sarasota Group

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