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Scott pledges money while criticizing feds

7:22 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is vowing to spend more state money in an effort to clean-up pollution being discharged from Lake Okeechobee into the St. Lucie Estuary.

Scott is planning to visit the area on Tuesday. He will pledge during his tour to have the state spend an additional $40 million in 2014 as a part of a much larger project to help store water.

At the same time, however, the Republican governor will criticize actions by the Army Corps of Engineers regarding Lake Okeechobee. He said the decision to discharge water from the lake has resulted in fish kills and toxic waters.

He will call on them to spend $1.6 billion on projects in South Florida that are supposed to be split between the federal government and the state.

Associated Press

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