Land in the EAA

Will the EAA reservoir work as advertised? It had better

March 3, 2023

They came from all over Florida: Public officials, political appointees from both the state and federal government, even Big Sugar sent an emissary. The goal: To proclaim a new day dawning, one marked by clean water and prosperity as far…

VoteWater Deep Dive: Why can’t we send more water south?

January 20, 2023

Because the system was designed to benefit Big Agriculture – at the expense of the northern estuaries It’s been a common refrain from angry citizens along the algae-clogged St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries for years: Send it south! And in…

Everglades restoration could fall short – here’s what to do about it

December 20, 2022

We hate to say, “We told you so.” But we told you so. For years, first as Bullsugar.org and now as VoteWater, we’ve advocated for two key points: We need more land south of Lake Okeechobee to store water and…

Crist for governor, because Fried is too close to Big Sugar

August 16, 2022

VoteWater has endorsed Charlie Crist in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, over Nikki Fried. There are several big reasons for this: First, as we first reported last week, Fried’s campaign has taken a boatload – as in, more than half a…

The Caloosahatchee’s in trouble – and we need a political solution

July 12, 2022

The following is commentary by Ray Judah, a member of the VoteWater Board of Directors and a former Lee County Commissioner. Poor water quality in the Caloosahatche river and our coastal estuaries is a political problem and requires a political…

Dear Mike Rowe: Big Sugar’s not so sweet when it comes to Florida’s water – and politics

June 23, 2022

Dear Mike Rowe: First, we’re big fans of your show “How America Works,” and in particular your focus on the men and women in the trenches, rather than the bigwigs in the C-suites. Your recent program, “Behind the Scenes with…

How Big Sugar hides behind the small farmer

May 19, 2022

The counterattack was inevitable – and utterly predictable. While the billionaire sugar barons haven’t deigned to comment on the “No Big Sugar Money” campaign which launched last week, they’ve sent their surrogates out to spin. Predictably, it’s been picked up…

Florida Senate to address controversial Senate Bill 2508

February 17, 2022

The Florida Senate is in session today and will be addressing Senate Bill 2508, a controversial measure which originally proposed far-reaching changes to Everglades restoration measures which would have undermined the LOSOM process and could have had a major impact…