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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 …


    A fundraising appeal from Jeb Bush's Right to Rise PAC.

    Jeb Bush wants small dollar donations, too

    Jeb Bush will be in California this coming week for another round of big-time fundraising, beginning with a $25,000 per couple event Monday in Newport Beach....


    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....


    Florida education news: Virtual school, color guard, principal training and more

    VIRTUAL SCHOOL: The University of Florida online campus struggles to meet its enrollment projections, the Ocala Star-Banner reports....