$536 million Everglades restoration plan up for debate in Palm Beach County court today

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Closing arguments are set for this afternoon in a high-stakes legal challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist's proposed $536 million land deal with U.S. Sugar Corp. aimed at restoring the Everglades. Attorneys for the South Florida Water Management District, the state agency Crist tapped to finance the deal, are expected to go first at today's 2:30 p.m. hearing at the Palm Beach County Courthouse, according to district spokesman Randy Smith.