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Deadline Nears On Everglades Plan

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The South Florida Water Management
District faces a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to pay $1.34
billion to the struggling U.S. Sugar Corp. for its farmland.

Gov. Charlie Crist's plan for 180,000 acres of the Everglades
would be the most expensive conservation land purchase in state
history.

But critics question whether the state is paying too much. They
want to know if the deal would bury the state in debt and stall the
restoration efforts.

U.S. Sugar is the nation's largest producer of cane sugar. Its
land would be restored to clean water and restore natural flow to
the Everglades, which have long been polluted by farming and
development.


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