Who is Alico?

Last year when we were trying to get our reservoir to send clean water south to stop salt water intrusion, stop the toxic discharges, save the Everglades, and save the water of South Florida the Everglades Coalition after the yearly meeting hired a PR firm to sell the reservoir.

They hired a woman named Sarah Bascom to this. Sarah also worked as the PR spokesman for Alico. Good gig Sarah if you can get. Working for both’s sides.

I wrote this

PR Firm plays both sides of the road. Makes stupid remarks.

In a few weeks it will the beginning of a new legislative session. Already there are some bad bills being filed. Fracking. Bills to take the sunshine away.
It makes me think what kind of people are these that have so little regard for us the people who elected them.
Even if your complicit and go with leadership because your afraid of the punishment you still complicit.
Last week when I drove to Sarasota there was an office on route 70 just west of 27.  This place was called Alico Chemical. I would have gotten a photo on the way home but I was in dire need of a ladies room.

“Alico believes that its new membership in CNI will allow it to fulfill its chemical requirements on a more independent, sustainable and efficient basis as the company grows.

CNI is a stock held marketing and sales corporation that has been doing business for over 40 years, supplying independently owned agricultural retailers in 21 states. The focus is to be the preferred supplier of agricultural inputs (crop protection products, seed and       , to our dealers/owners which represent over 335 retail locations. Our operations stretch from the East Coast of the US to the West Coast, linking many of these agricultural markets. CNI offers great value to our customers with a consistent, reliable, and strong business model and to suppliers with influence, direction, molecule management, and access to the major US agricultural markets.

alico

Chem Nut, Inc. markets and sells agricultural inputs, such as agrichemicals (agrichemical refers to the broad range of pesticides, including insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and nematicides. It may also include synthetic fertilizers, hormones and other chemical growth agents, and concentrated stores of raw animal manure.), micronutrients, seeds, and adjuvants (A pharmacological agent added to a drug, predictably affecting the action of the drug’s active ingredient. ) to farm retail businesses and dealers in the United States. The company was founded in 1974 and is based in Leesburg, Georgia. It has locations in Sebring, Florida; Tarboro, North Carolina; Weyers Cave, Virginia; and Lubbock and Dumas, Texas.

Formerly called Chem Nut.”

According it’s own website Alico incorporated is
the Largest Citrus Producer

From the website

“Recently announced acquisitions of three Florida citrus producers will make Alico’s citrus division the largest citrus producer in the United States, with total pro forma 2014 production of 10 million boxes annually.
Alico owns and manages approximately 114,000 acres devoted to citrus, cattle, farming, conservation and natural resources.
We own and manage Ranch and Conservation land in Collier, Hendry and Polk Counties and engage in Cattle Production, Sod and Native Plant Sales, Land Leasing for recreational and grazing purposes and conservation activities. Ranch and Conservation totals approximately 64,500 gross acres. We occasionally lease the same acreage for more than one purpose.
Our Cattle operation is engaged in the production of beef cattle and is located in Hendry and Collier Counties. The breeding herd consisted of approximately 8,600 cows and bulls and we plan to increase the size of our herd in the near future to the extent practicable. We primarily sell our calves to feed yards and yearling grazing operations in the United States. We also sell cattle through local livestock auction markets and to contract cattle buyers in the United States. These buyers provide ready markets for our cattle. We believe that the loss of any one or a few of these buyers would not have a material effect on our Cattle operations. Revenue from ranch and conservation operations was approximately 9.2%, 6.6%, and 5.8% of total operating revenue for each of the years ended September 30, 2014, 2013, and 2012, respectively.

Water Storage Contract Approval
In December 2012, the South Florida Water Management District (“SFWMD”) issued a solicitation request for projects to be considered for the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program.  In March 2013, the Company submitted its response proposing a dispersed water management project on its ranch land.

On December 11, 2014, the SFWMD approved a contract, based on the submitted response, with the Company.  The contract term is eleven years and allows up to one year for implementation (design, permitting, construction and construction completion certification) and ten years of operation whereby the Company will provide water retention services. Payment for these services includes an amount not to exceed $4,000,000 of reimbursement for implementation. In addition it provides for an annual fixed payment of $12,000,000 for operations and maintenance costs as long as the project is in compliance with the contract and subject to annual SFWMD Governing Board (“Board”) approval of funding.  The contract specifies that the Board has to approve the payments annually and there can be no assurance that it will approve the annual fixed payments.

Conservation Easement
In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 we were granted an easement to the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”), through its administering agency, The Natural Resources Conservation Service, on approximately 11,600 acres of our Ranch and Conservation land located in Hendry County, Florida.

interactive map
http://www.alicoinc.com/interactive-map#all=1

Alico was founded by the Alexander Family which included Former Florida Senator JD Alexander.

He supposedly resigned as CEO.

November 22, 2013

The resignation of Alico CEO JD Alexander on Nov. 6 ends the storied ownership of one of the biggest agribusiness companies in the state.

In October, New York-based Arlon Group and private investors Remy Trafelet and George Brokaw, operating as 734 Agriculture LLC, agreed to pay $37 per share in cash for 50.5% of Alico controlled by Atlantic Blue Group, the heirs to the fortune of the Ben Hill Griffin citrus family.

The deal, worth $137.8 million, closed Nov. 19.

But while Alexander will no longer be the Fort Myers-based company’s chief executive, he won’t be straying too far. In a Nov. 12 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Alico says the company will pay Alexander $2 million annually for the next two years as part of a consulting and non-compete agreement.

In an article in the Ledger he said he was forced to resign all due to issues within Alico and Atlantic Blue which seem to be family driven. The sources in the Ledger article did not want to be identified because they were afraid of retribution.

wow.

Clayton Wilson is now the CEO of ALICO

Here is his bio

Mr. Wilson has served as Alico’s President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since November, 2013 and brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience in the citrus industry. Mr. Wilson is a third generation citrus grower and has been actively involved in the citrus industry for over 28 years. He is the Chief Executive Officer of 734 Citrus Holdings, LLC, d/b/a Silver Nip Citrus. His responsibilities include the oversight of all aspects of the company’s citrus operations. Mr. Wilson is Vice President and Chairman of the Board for Latt Maxcy Corporation and also serves on the board of Citizens Bank and Trust. Mr. Wilson is also a board member of many industry associations, including Ranch One Cooperative, Cooperative Producers, Inc. and Gulf Harvesting, Inc. and is past President of Highlands County Citrus Growers Association. He currently serves as a board member and Vice President of Citrus Marketing Services and is a past board member of the Harvesting Advisory Council for the Florida Department of Citrus. He holds a degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama.

Source: Alico Inc. on 01/28/2015

SO this ALICO. They like water farming. They like chemicals. They can make a lot of money as our Everglades dies, our aquifers fill up with salt water, the discharges continue and the Florida Bay continues to implode.
For us it’s our Florida. For them it’s just cold hard cash.
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Stealing amendment 1 money should be a crime.

Stealing amendment 1 money should be a crime.

We need an amendment that says if lawmakers do not support our citizen amendments they get charged with a crime. After all it is stealing.

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http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fred-grimm/article24812611.html

Instead, as Craig Pittman and Michael Auslen of the Tampa Bay Times reported, that great pile of Amendment 1 money is going to pay for items that normally would have been funded out of the regular budget. For stuff like park maintenance.

But the legislators, in cynical disregard of their constituents’ intent, earmarked $13.65 million of the Amendment 1 money to bail out a water storage project that auditors from the South Florida Water Management District had found was wildly out of whack in terms of cost effectiveness.

That’s just $3.75 million less than what Florida Forever will be getting for new land purchases.

The $13.65 million will bail out agricultural outfits like Alico, with major Florida holdings in citrus, ranching, farming and the very lucrative operations known as “water farming.” Alico is the largest of landowners around Lake Okeechobee paid to store water behind earth berms, meant to keep it from exacerbating the problems of the polluted estuaries of the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. As the Tampa Bay Times reported, a 57-page auditor’s report last year found these water farming contracts cost the public 10 times more if these than storage projects had been built on public land. Water farming is a massive boondoggle.

Which might have been beside the point, given that the South Florida Water Management District had run out of money to fund water farming anyway. But all that Florida Forever money presented the likes of Alico another fat funding source.

http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org/sections/page/faq

The money will be used for water and land conservation, management, and restoration in Florida. The funds dedicated by Amendment 1 will:

  • Restore, manage, and acquire lands necessary to protect Florida’s drinking water sources and protect the water quality in our rivers, lakes and streams;
  • Protect our beaches and shores;
  • Protect and restore the Everglades and other degraded natural systems and waterways;
  • Manage fish and wildlife habitat, protect forests and wetlands, and restore conservation lands that are an important part of Florida’s economy and quality of life;
  • Provide funding to manage existing state and local natural areas, parks, and trails for water supply, habitat and recreation.

All this will be achieved with no increase in taxes.

Why did we need to amend the state constitution? 

Since 2009, the Legislature has dramatically reduced funding for water and land protection, cutting key programs by more than 95%. Amendment 1 would ensure that water and land conservation projects are adequately funded – the funds cannot be diverted to other purposes – without increasing taxes. The only way to secure significant, sustainable resources for water and land conservation, management and restoration for the long-term is to take this issue directly to Florida voters through a constitutional amendment.

The legislature taketh and then they taketh some more.

How do I know the funds will be spent wisely?
Florida’s conservation programs have a great track record of spending these funds wisely. Amendment 1 ensures that funds are used solely for conservation purposes and cannot be used for any other purpose by the Legislature. Using the state’s existing successful programs as a model, objective criteria will continue to determine how funds are spent in order to keep politics out of the process.

Florida Forever and its predecessor Preservation 2000, for example, have been the most successful state land conservation programs in the nation, protecting more than 2.4 million acres of critical water resources, natural areas, wildlife habitat, parks, greenways and trails. Restoration of the Florida Everglades is the most comprehensive ecological restoration project in history. Florida’s land managing agencies and water management districts have done a tremendous job restoring degraded natural systems, including the state’s longleaf pine forests, the upper St. Johns River watershed and Rookery Bay. Amendment 1 ensures funding so that this critical restoration work will continue.

Now that Amendment 1 has passed, who will be in charge of the money?
While citizens can dedicate funding for water and land conservation in the state constitution, we cannot appropriate funds via the constitution. Appropriations are solely the Legislature’s responsibility. Fortunately, Florida has a number of excellent programs already in place for making project selection decisions. The state has a stellar track record of selecting conservation projects based on objective criteria and science, which includes review by citizens and oversight panels composed of experts from the appropriate fields. The existing Acquisition and Restoration Council is one good example. Amendment 1 does not change these existing project selection systems. So while the Legislature must appropriate the funds, the existing tried and true systems in place for project selection would not change now that Amendment 1 has been ratified.

Oh! Remember this?

https://cyndi-lenz.com/2015/04/15/pr-firm-plays-both-sides-of-the-road-makes-stupid-remarks/

One source for money to revive the water-farming contracts was money from the taxpayers from the rest of the state, via the Legislature. But the water district’s governing board, under state law, is not allowed to hire its own lobbyists to pursue funding.

Instead, Alico did it for them.

The company employed 16 lobbyists last year, and it turned them loose on the Legislature to get $13 million to pump new life into the project. Alico spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said the company was just helping out a state agency in need, and its lobbyists did not specifically ask for money for Alico’s own contract.”