US Sugar's Plan Could Bog Down Everglades Restoration

Law360, Miami (September 22, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT) -- A recently unveiled plan by U.S. Sugar Corp. to develop 67 square miles in Hendry County, Florida, for residential and commercial use has drawn the ire of environmental groups that claim it is a thinly veiled attempt to increase the price of land slated to be bought by the state for Everglades restoration.

The sugar giant secured preliminary approval from Hendry County late last month for the Sugar Hill sector plan, a proposal that would allow U.S. Sugar and Hilliard Brothers of Florida Ltd. to develop 18,000 residential units and 25 million square feet of industrial space on the land by...

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