Glades residents say 'No' to Sen. Joe Negron's Lake O Plan

Posted at 7:51 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 19:52:11-04

State Senator Joe Negron's plan for reducing Lake Okeechobee discharges is not sitting well with some Glades residents. They say they're tired of getting shut out of major decisions involving the communities they live in.

Protestors told WPTV NewsChannel 5 they just want a seat at the table when major decisions are being made about their community, so on Wednesday, they showed up at Sen. Negron's office in hopes of getting his attention. 

Sen. Negron was the state to buy some land owned by U.S. Sugar to build a reservoir and send the water from the lake south instead of east and west.

"We want to go back to the table with South Florida Water Management District and with us. Everybody has talked about what's going to happen with us, but nobody, when I say nobody has come to the Glades area and talked to the people.," said Hendry County Commissioner Janet B. Taylor.

Sen. Joe Negron issued a statement that reads:

"The harmful releases from Lake Okeechobee impact us all. I appreciate every opportunity I have to hear from constituents who are voicing their concerns and suggestions for how we can solve this plague on our communities."