PURRE approves of purchase
To the editor,
As a group of concerned citizens and business people determined to help
save South Florida’s estuaries and rivers, the PURRE Water Coalition is
pleased that the South Florida Water Management District has taken the
crucial first step. This is a move PURRE has been advocating for years for
the long-term benefit of Florida’s beloved waterways, its residents, its
economy and its businesses.
Much work remains to be done. No one thing will solve all of Florida’s
water problems, but this deal to purchase 180,000 acres in the Everglades
Agricultural Area from U.S. Sugar Corp. is the greatest hope we have to
undo, to the extent we can, the damage man has done to Florida’s natural
water systems. Acquiring this land is a must.
We are grateful to Gov. Charlie Crist and the South Florida Water Management District governing board for having the vision to say “yes” to such an innovative and bold idea even in the face of opposition.
Michael J. Valiquette
Chairman, PURRE Water Coalition Foundation