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The Caulkins Citrus Co. in Martin County is being paid to retain 6,780 acre-feet of water at $76 per acre-foot. By contrast, an audit found putting the water on public land instead of private would cost the taxpayers just $8 per acre-foot. South Florida Water Management District

Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee

For generations, Florida's farmers and ranchers have used their land to grow oranges, sugar, tomatoes and beef cattle, among other things. But now they've added a highly profitable new crop: Water. A state agency is paying large agricultural operators millions in taxpayer dollars to hold water on their property, tr …

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    Obama golfing in Florida

    President Obama this afternoon is at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, continuing his love affair with the sport....

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    The newest section of Tampa’s Riverwalk, going north under the Kennedy Boulevard bridge and ending at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, officially opens today at 5 p.m. Its whale-ribbed frames hold up large fabric awnings to shade passing walkers.

    40 years in the making, new section of Tampa’s Riverwalk set to open

    UPDATE: Because of expected rain, city officials have cancelled the free showing of Dolphin Tale at 8 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will take place at 5 p.m., and if it's raining then, the ceremony will be under the overhang at the Tampa Museum of Art. Other scheduled activities will go on as planned starting at 6 p.m....

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    Florida education news: Achievement gap, rats, student-athletes and more

    ON THE FLOOR: The Florida House approves measures on class size, charter schools, dress codes and school leadership with little conversation....

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