Conservation is rare in the obscenely overdeveloped Sunshine State, but Florida took a big step toward preserving its endangered everglades yesterday when it announced the purchase of country’s largest sugar company. In purchasing United States Sugar for an estimated $1.75 billion, the state would get 187,000 acres north of Everglades National Park. Environmentalists were ecstatic and even a little shocked, especially after years of fighting with U.S. Sugar over water pollution issues.
“It’s so exciting,” said Margaret McPherson, vice president of the Everglades Foundation in a story in the New York Times. “I’m going to do cartwheels.”
The acquisition should restore the everglade’s natural water flow and add almost 300 square miles for more water storage.
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