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Eliminate the necessity of the polluted water discharges from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee and Saint Lucie Rivers. 

We, the undersigned citizens of the state of Florida, demand the governing body of the state of Florida take immediate action to repossess all land within the following borders. From a line drawn 200 feet from the centerline of US27 west to the Miami canal and from the south end of Lake Okeechobee south to the borders of Palm and Broward counties. We demand repossession proceed as follows;

1) By immediately ending, all land currently under lease from the state of Florida within these borders.

2) By offering a fair market price for the land within these borders.

3) By Eminent Domain if by no other means, within these borders.   

We also demand the immediate cessation of the unsustainable practice of “back pumping” unwanted water from the surrounding farmland into Lake Okeechobee.

The ongoing eutrophication and contamination of the waters of Lake Okeechobee, by farm fertilizers and pesticides being introduced to our rivers and coastlines, both east and west, must stop immediately. We will not tolerate another summer of pollution and destruction of the waterways of Florida. We undertake this in action to assist with the ongoing Everglades National Park restoration project as well as restoring clean water to millions of the citizens affected by current policies.

We demand this action after much consideration to the farmers and the commodities produced by these farmlands. Displaced farmland could be offset by replacement land outside of the boundaries stated. Stop the farming subsidies and allow farmers to produce a surplus to create a reserve in the event of future shortages. Displaced farm workers could be given priority for employment necessary for the restoration project. There are many problems surrounding this endeavor but there are also solutions to this problems and doing nothing is unacceptable.

Respectfully,

 

 



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