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Miccosukees File Injunction to Block Everglades Land Purchase

Hours before the South Florida Water Management District was to consider a plan to purchase 26,800 acres of U.S. Sugar land, the Miccosukee Tribe went to U.S. District Court to block the deal.

The tribe filed a motion for a temporary injunction Tuesday to prevent the water district from violating the court's March 31 order to build the EAA A-1 Reservoir Project.

Citing comments from SFWMD Chairman Eric Buermann, the Miccosukees claim that the district will not be able to fund both the reservoir project and the proposed $197 million land purchase.

As the governing board meets today and Thursday to consider the downsized land deal, Gaston Cantens, vice president of Florida Crystals, said signing a contract would be an "irresponsible (move) by an unelected board not accountable to anyone but themselves and the governor."

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PS: Coincidentally, the Wall Street Journal reported today that the historic Sea Island resort on Georgia's St. Simons Island has been sold for the exact same $197 million. The resort, only five miles long and a couple of miles wide, is just a fraction of the size of U.S. Sugar's parcels, but it does boast four golf course, several exclusive clubs and some of the poshest oceanfront properties on the East Coast. All of which begs the question: Who's getting the better deal?

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