Hot on the heels of Florida's billion-dollar sugar buyout designed to save the Everglades, a neighboring sugar giant is proposing a massive new project that has transportation planners at odds with environmentalists. Florida Crystals wants to set aside 9,000 acres for an inland port that would serve as a warehousing and distribution center for seaports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. A study by the Florida DOT says the state needs an additional 80 million square feet of distribution capacity, but environmentalists argue the sprawling industrial site would limit the options for Everglades restoration.

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