The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 2, 1997 · Page 13
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1997 13A THE PALM BEACH POST High school on-line gets Suit takes aim at Everglades cleanup compromise State news number was not intended to be used to allocate responsibility for the cleanup, and that the Everglades Forever Act already properly does that. ' ' "We are confident that we are paying our fair share," he said. Committee members asked water"' district officials to provide them by the' ' 1 panel's January meeting its latest esti- ' ; mates on what percentage of what pol-",; lutants come from what sources. ; c "We need to know whose share is what," said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Palm . , Harbor, and chairman of the Senate J ; Natural Resources Committee, which ; . will have to approve any bill modifying . the terms of the Everglades Forever Act ; gument by environmentalists but also requires something beyond the Everglades Forever Act rejecting the argument of the sugar industry. The high court also ruled that the phrase "primarily responsible" means that polluters in the Everglades Agricultural Area must pay to clean up their share of the pollution. Rumberger, quoting a 1992 figure from the South Florida Water Management District, said that if sugar farmers cause 79 percent of the phosphate pollution in the Everglades, they should pay 79 percent of the cleanup cost. Philip Parsons, a lobbyist for the Florida Sugar Cane League, told committee members that the 79-percent f By Shirish Date Palm Beach Post Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE - The long-running dispute over who should pay to clean up the Everglades is on its way back to court, as environmentalists seek to throw out the 1994 compromise that sticks sugar growers with but a third of the bill. Thorn Rumberger, the Orlando lawyer for Save Our Everglades, told lawmakers Monday he plans to file suit Wednesday to have declared as unconstitutional the part of the Everglades Forever Act that lets the sugar industry pay between $230 million and $320 million of the $700 million cleanup project, leaving the rest to taxpayers. N. Palm Beach West Palm Beach Lake Worth Delray Beach mo ready for first classes The Associated Press ORLANDO When Luke Levesque takes his computer class next semester, all he'll have to do is roll out of bed, turn on his computer and read his teacher's instructions. The llth-grader from Winter Park High School is one of 250 Florida high school students who are expected to enroll in Florida's only on-line school, The Florida High School. The school, which starts m earnest next, month, will offer high school students in Orange and Alachua counties classes in algebra, American government, chemistry, economics and Web page design, t Students, who can begin enrolling in the classes today, still will have to go to other, regular school to attend their other classes. During this past semester, The Florida High School pilot program offered students an SAT prep course and four computer programming classes. If all goes as planned, however three years from now Florida High students will be able to take all of their classes by computer. Once that happens, students will be able to earn their high school diplomas without having setting foot in a classroom. "We see this as one of the greatest technological advances that education has seen," Florida Education Commissioner Frank Brogan said Monday at a news conference announcing the opening of registration for Florida High. The on-line high school could help Florida's crowding problem, if the thousands of students expected to enroll in on-line classes next century actually do sign up. The on-line classes will also help students in rural areas short of resources, students with jobs, high-achievers who want to get ahead and students who just don't like school, according to The Florida High School Co-Principal Julie E. Young. So far, nine full-time teachers have been assigned to the school. Baby found in trash can at high school The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG - A newborn found in a trash can at a high school bathroom was in critical condition Monday, authorities said. The baby, found by a janitorial crew after classes had ended for the day at Northeast High School, was transported to All Children's Hospital, according to television reports. The baby is black and still had its umbilical cord attached, the reports said. Scott Colcord, a nursing supervisor, said the baby was in critical condition but gave no further details. A school resource officer was calling the baby Nicholas because it was found during the Christmas season, the reports said. Miami mayor requesting end to audit panel The Associated Press TALLAHASSEE New Miami Mayor Xavier Suarez pleaded Monday with Gov. Lawton Chiles and lawmakers to remove the board Chiles named last December to watch over the city's shaky financial affairs. "I am here to ask you please, please, please to recommend that we end the fiscal emergency," Suarez, who made shedding the oversight board a top campaign issue, told members of the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. "I have to go to the (city) commission for a lot of things I am doing and then I have to go to the oversight board. It's like having two boards of directors. Please let me function with one," he said. Suarez repeated the plea in a meeting with Chiles but got no indication the gover nor would cut the financial monitoring short. "When the oversight board says the city is fiscally sound, that there is no purpose for something like that, we'll be out of there," Qhiles said. "Butwe will wait and get their information." 1 That's not fair," Rumberger told the Joint Legislative Committee on Everglades Oversight. The bottom line is: They (sugar growers) have to pay 100 percent of their pollution." The return to litigation something the 1994 law was supposed to end comes a week after the Florida Supreme Court released a mixed opinion on the so-called "Polluter Pays" amendment that voters approved a year ago. 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