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Florida: $1.6 billion Everglades reservoir site work could begin early next year

Florida Crystals Corp. wants to terminate its controversial 6,000-acre lease within the Everglades Agricultural Area about 15 months early, clearing the way to begin site preparation for a $1.6 billion reservoir project early next year.

Florida Crystals sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, the South Florida Water Management District (SoftMud) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requesting to immediately terminate a 2,000-acre lease within the proposed 10,100-acre reservoir’s 6,500-acre stormwater treatment area (STA).

The letter asks to end leases on another 1,000 acres in the STA in December 2020 and 3,000 acres in March 2021. The leases would have expired in April 2021.

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