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Environmental activists from both Florida coasts unite at Lake Okeechobee rally

By Christine Stapleton - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Environmental activists from Florida’s east and west coasts who share the same cause — stopping harmful flushes of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee into local waterways — met halfway Sunday to share their sympathy and enthusiasm.

The Sugarland Rally in Clewiston, in the middle of the southern shore of the lake, drew several hundred activists on Sunday afternoon. Unlike recent events where state and federal politicians, water managers and officials from the Army Corps of Engineers have taken center stage to tell them what they already know — that their beloved waterways are dying — the rally allowed those most affected by dirty water to tell their stories.

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