The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 8
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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; -8A THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 Vice President Al Gore does some sightseeing Saturday in Everglades Some of Talisman property . !.. i to be traded for buffer land "5 conference in Japan. He warned at the ceremonies that feared increases in sea level could inundate Florida's peninsula in salt water and make the Everglades' current problems insignificant in comparison. Gore had little to say Saturday about the future of the former Homestead Air Force Base. Environmentalists, in a rare break with the White House, have urged delay of a plan to convert the facility, demolished in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew, into a major commercial airport until after more studies are made of its effect on the Rep. E. Clay Shaw, R-Fort Lauderdale, told the crowd. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt said: "This is the largest restoration effort that has ever been undertaken on this planet. The whole nation, and the whole world, are watching." Gore also received the National Park Service's Ernest F. Coe Award, which honors the person who does the most to protect the park and is named for the land-scaper who earlier this century began the drive that led to the park's establishment. Gore toured the bay by boat, then left for a global warming 1 UL iff Mi i, ' s '' 4, v; hi l t. -v- t v,V if -r?' ,t & Ji .fd'7 1 Ay! ' ' )A National ram Deiure announcing tne lansman sugar deal. 'It's a great day. We were pushing hard. We wanted to have this in time to properly celebrate, Gore told J hundreds at the park. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 4V V 7 s ?vi i 1,1 .fl 1 r-- vtfJf nit f yoj i fa, ; . ? ; r ? -1 A 7 u JJU - r EL . . ii" . - - for - " i ft il l mm ww EVERGLADES I'C'From 1A X Managers plan to play a high- ;L, trading some of the Talisman land ' . - to dozens of other landowners, : '-small and large, with the idea of ;; owning an unbroken stretch of i Duffer land along the northern bor-'TT'der of Everglades Conservation Area 3. The state would give up r small parcels of good farmland for v-farge tracts of worn-out land along the north edge of the Everglades. ' , U.S. Sugar Senior Vice Presi-dent Robert Buker said his compa- ny expects to trade as much as " 10,000 acres of its land for some of the Talisman land. "When you have a willing sell er like Talisman, it doesn't hurt the industry," Buker said. "In the long run, the best thing for the sugar industry is to have the Ever glades restored." St. Joe, a giant in timber and railroads and the state's largest landowner, has been eager to leave the sugar business; govern ment and environmentalists, as well as other sugar companies, have coveted the property for years "This is one of those rare occasions where everyone benefits," St. Joe Chairman Peter S, . Rummell, who attended Satur day's ceremonies, said later in a statement, "We're all finally beginning to -"come to the same table, Lt.Gov. , Buddy MacKay said after the cere-,' monies. "Sooner or later, we real-1 ize we're not going to get anything done fighting each other." The land has been appraised at $110 million. Last year, Talisman rejected a $102 million offer from the water management district. On Friday, the state moved the Talisman tract from 24 to five on its wish list of environmentally critical spots to buy. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browning, who grew up in Dade County, called the Talisman deal "the most significant and far-reaching effort ever undertaken on behalf of the Everglades." With Chokoloskee Bay shimmering brilliantly in the background under a powder-blue cloudless sky, Gore called the purchase another major step in the ambitious $1.5 billion Everglades Restoration Plan he first announced in the Everglades in February 1996. "If we don't do the right thing now, future generations will turn our pictures to the wall and say, 'Shame, shame, shame,' " U.S. Highlights of the deal Price: $133 million $70 million-$80 million from U.S. government, the rest from state and South Florida Water Management District. Tract More than 50,000 acres owned or leased by Talisman Sugar Co. Timetable: Deal to be closed in six months; Talisman can continue to grow sugar through March 2003. Donation: St. Joe Paper Co., parent of Talisman, donates another 3,000 acres to conservation groups. Sources: White House, U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, St. Joe Paper, U.S. Sugar CATCH IIS on THE IT The area's best-selling local marketplace has gone global. The Post's classified ads are now on the Internet . Place your ad on the 'Net and reach out to a marketplace of millions of buyers. ryr Y, '-tKIsiT?HlJlT-r'' V'"ir 'ttj rwn.xw' i I f ? a IP y . t I HU,ff i- X ill' i . 1 if' II 1 . i .ill ft . ..'f r m i. s . .rf k . f & V Palm Beach Post Classifieds 820-4343 800 392-7023 4- 4-

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