Group Pushing Purchase of More Everglades Land Caught Astroturfing

    The Everglades Coalition is pulling out all the stops for a post-Easter rally in the capital on April 7th to encourage lawmakers to buy more land in the Everglades, which could cost taxpayers billions.


    By Jacob Engels


    As we detailed in a previous article, the Everglades Restoration Project is working and almost complete after almost 20 years and billions of dollars. But, the Everglades Coalition and several groups claiming to be fighting for the Everglades, are actually being run by seasoned political operatives who are concerned with nothing more than lining their pockets with hefty salaries and consulting fees.


    Top aides to Charlie Crist and Barack Obama have been hired by the groups, who are pushing Governor Rick Scott and the state legislator to purchase even more land in the Everglades – to the tune of $500 million according to the latest land appraisal, which occurred several years ago.


    The restoration and land purchase could cost taxpayers upwards of $2 billion dollars and the problems are already being addressed under the current plan, which has been wildly successful according to leading scientists and environmental/water experts.


    Now, as the Everglades Coalition sees their impetus for fundraising and excessive paydays at risk, they are offering college students an all expenses paid trip to Tallahassee for “lobbying training” and a promise to meet with key decision makers…with Everglades Coalition approved talking points and materials provided, of course.


    Invite sent out by the Everglades Foundation


    The Tallahassee Democrat shared earlier today that attendees, who started boarding private charter buses this morning as far south as Miami, will attend a private gathering and concert with rock legend Jimmy Buffet.


    All expenses paid charter bus faire, hotel room in notoriosuly costly Tallahassee and a private concert with Jimmy Buffet. I guess that is what it costs now a days to buy “support.”


    Everglades Coaltion board members and operatives get massive paydays as long as the Everglades needs to be fixed, and their bought and paid for “activists” get all expenses paid trips/concerts with rock legends. Now that’s trickle down economics.



    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at