Originally published by Florida Weekly on December 15, 2021

This hasn’t happened in years: Floridians are in agreement, a rarity anywhere these days, about any subject.

Democrats and Republicans are in agreement, somewhat.

People from the state’s east and west coasts are in agreement, more or less.

Water managers, water users and water advocates are in agreement, even if lukewarm.

Here’s what they agree on: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ new plan to manage and distribute vast quantities of water coming into and going out of Lake Okeechobee for 10 years — reducing flows both east and west unless the lake grows too full, and sending more water south — is a significant improvement over the old plan.

A first draft of the new final plan may become public this week. Everybody east and west has had a chance to help shape it.

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