WEST PALM BEACH
Water board okays deal to buy glades land
South Florida water managers have approved Gov. Charlie Crist's deal to buy farmland from the U.S. Sugar Corp. for future use in Everglades restoration. The South Florida Water Management District voted 6-1 Wednesday to pay $536 million bill for 73,000 acres of land from the company. An initial deal reached last year with the state would have cost $1.75 billion, but has twice since been revised to trim the price tag. The goal of the land purchase is to convert farmland into conservation land, allowing water managers to create a system to clean and store water before sending it south into the Everglades.
Education board gets new member
Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed Key West equity investor and philanthropist John R. Padget to the State Board of Education. Padget, 72, who replaces Phoebe Raulerson, will serve a term running through the end of 2012. His charitable projects include Florida's Take Stock in Children, which provides mentoring and college scholarships to low-income children, and the Monroe County Education Foundation. Then-Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Padget as Monroe's interim school superintendent in 2003-04.
Suicide follows call to Sheriff's Office
A grandson of former Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace, George Corley "Corey" Wallace IV, has been found dead at his home in Pensacola from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 25. A spokesman for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said Wallace called the department about a suicide, and officers heard the gunshot as they arrived about 9 a.m. Tuesday.