Deal could prevent drilling on Everglades land

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday the state has an option agreement to buy 20,000 acres that Kanter Real Estate LLC owns in western Broward County. Part of the land has been subject to years of litigation over the right to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades.

Plan pitched to get rid of septic systems near lake

A grant program to provide money to “fiscally constrained” communities in Okeechobee, Glades and Hendry counties would help remove old and failing septic tanks that border tributaries feeding into Lake Okeechobee.