Terrific turnout for LOSOM Public Meeting in Stuart
Stuart, Fl – Hundreds of people, mostly locals, attended the LOSOM Public Meeting in Stuart.
The Army Corps is reviewing its rules for managing Lake Okeechobee. They wanted to hear how the discharges have impacted our lives and livelihoods. There were so many people two overflow rooms were necessary.
Here is the live video until about four pm.
Congressman Mast, a Republican representing District 18, has asked the Corps to shoot for a Lake O level of 10.5 feet at the start of the hurricane season.
Others came from western Palm Beach County and other Lake communities and said keeping the lake that low would hurt navigation, the health of the Lake itself and could impact water supplies for people and agriculture.
One of the speakers, Janet Taylor, said this last week at another meeting. “Janet Taylor is a former Hendry County commissioner and a founder of Glades Lives Matter. She blamed “coastal elites” who discriminate against those who live around the lake. Some, she said, “want to take our lands, flood the fields … blow up the dike and let the water flow the way it used to. Now they want to take our water. They want to keep Lake Okeechobee at 10.5 feet, which makes no sense. Unless, of course, you want to punish the people living directly south of the lake who depend on this water for business and for recreation.”