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Buffett Performs on Steps of Florida Capitol

April 7th, 2015


Jimmy Buffett was in Tallahassee Tuesday morning and performed an acoustic set with Robert Greenidge and Mac McAnally as part of the Everglades Action Day rally at the state capitol.

Buffett also met with members of the Florida state senate while he was in town:

The Tallahassee Democrat has more on the rally:

Environmentalists from across Florida are expected to make their way to the Capitol to push for efforts to save the Everglades, including a proposed state purchase of thousands of acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee owned by U.S. Sugar.

Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Coalition, said the organization is asking lawmakers to purchase 46,800 acres of land to store and treat water from Lake Okeechobee, which is polluted by farming activities. Right now, the U.S. Corps of Engineers diverts billions of gallons of water from the lake to the west and east, into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, causing toxic algae outbreaks, health warnings, fish kills, job losses and depressed home values, he said.

By buying the land, the water could return to its natural flow south, recharging the aquifer that supplies drinking water to eight million Floridians. Buying the land would cost an estimated $350 million to $500 million. An option for the state to buy the land expires on Oct. 12.


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