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Everglades bill filed, described as starting point by both sides in dispute

Robert E. Coker, left, of U. S. Sugar Corp. and Gaston Cantens of Florida Crystals Corp. discuss Everglades water quality and possible legislation with reporters. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A bill was filed Monday that has been described by both sides in the dispute over Everglades water quality as merely a starting point for the upcoming debate in the Legislature.

With Gov. Rick Scott's $880-million Everglades restoration plan being approved in 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, both the sugar industry and environmental groups have said they expect the Everglades Forever Act to be revisited by the Legislature.

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