In August, Palm Beach County officials announced a promising deal to shed the money-losing Mecca Farms property, a 2,000-acre former orange grove. The South Florida Water Management District would buy it and use the land to revive the Loxahatchee River. It would have been a win both for county taxpayers and the region’s environmental restoration efforts.
But despite the hopeful announcement, no deal was reached. The county and the district are at a standstill in negotiations over the land, with the county government holding out for a higher price than the water management district says it is willing to pay.
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