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UPDATED 7/15: Here's one shoe dropping - Miccosukee Tribe asks court to restart Everglades project July 11, 2008 10:09 PM

— The Miccosukee Indian Tribe wants a federal judge to restart a huge Everglades restoration project that's now on hold.

The tribe filed a motion in Miami federal court Friday. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen says the goal is to continue construction of a giant reservoir in Palm Beach County intended to help cleanse water flowing into the Everglades.

Water managers put the project on hold in May because of a separate lawsuit filed by environmental groups. And the project's long-term future is now uncertain after the state agreed in June to buy out U.S. Sugar Corp.'s nearby farmland for $1.75 billion.

Lehtinen says the tribe wants assurance that the reservoir project will be not be unduly delayed or abandoned.

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 July 13, 2008 12:39 PM

A giant reservoir in Palm Beach County intended to help cleanse water flowing into the Everglades is beneficial to Everglades restoration, correct? so why would it be abandoned ?

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 July 13, 2008 3:45 PM

Good question Michele... This is just the beginning of what I fear most, the red tape attack...

P.S. Thanks my friend for continuing to post and show your love and loyalty to the Panthers, especially during this scary and crucial time.

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 July 13, 2008 8:25 PM

Ceci, I have to say I agree with you... The delay seems to be RED TAPE induced, which means Who Knows When or If it getting moving in the right direction again. Good to see someone stepping to the plate to get them to quit stalling and waylaying. Bureucrats... They stink !!

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Where the world is everyone at??? Helllllooooooooooo.... July 15, 2008 5:01 AM

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 July 15, 2008 9:41 AM

Thank you Debbie, my feelings exactly! Honestly, I am tired, that's why I haven't been in here as often, it breaks my heart.
I invite all the members who no longer have an interest in this group to drop out, it isn't right if you don't care!
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The more things change ... July 15, 2008 11:15 AM

Miss Filthy Politica, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is at it again.

... the more they stay the same for Dexter Lehtinen, a former U.S. attorney who currently represents the Miccosukee Tribe, in the long-running dispute in restoring the Florida Everglades. Keep an eye out on this attorney, particularly as state officials explore a major land purchase that will change the scope of the massive federal-state project.

Lehtinen's legal skills are well known to area water managers and the state of Florida. He sued the state in 1988 for allowing Everglades pollution, an action that sparked the massive cleanup of Florida's famed River of Grass.

Now Lehtinen is calling on a federal judge to force water managers to complete a massive reservoir, which water managers now say will be halted to allow for the $1.75 billion purchase a masive tract of U.S. Sugar property the state wants to buy to ensure restoration efforts are successful.

There are still enough questions -- not to mention potential pitfalls -- that can scuttle the state's purchase outright. Now is the time for water managers and state officials to shore up support by putting forth their most compelling argument for the purchase and detailing its benefits. The last thing they need is a protracted legal battle with Lehtinen.

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 July 15, 2008 12:57 PM

Good Grief!!! Does it ever end??? Come on...  and the Glades a Big Much Deserved Break for once(without the usual hitches). Ceci, I agree she is worhty of keeping an eye on-questionable tactics and ethics on many issues-now we have Bozo the Lawyer to contend with too. Oh Boy, fun fun. Sigh....

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 July 18, 2008 11:39 AM

The project is put on hold, ok fine, so how about easing everyone's mind by giving a specific date as to when the project will be underway. This will lessen the conflict and then if the project is not underway by said date, take it to court.

I think it is real important that everyone who has the intention and priority of seeing the Everglades protected, restored and preserved work together in harmony. Every project that benefits the Everglades is equally important and interconnected and one project should not take away from another project and any delays should not be left as delayed with no time frame of how long the delay will be, that's my opinion anyway.

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