LAKE WALES, Fla. - A delayed in a massive project to restore sections of the Kissimmee River is creating uproar from both state officials and environmental groups.
The Lakeland Ledger reported on Sunday that the delay could push completion of the project back to 2019. The project was originally scheduled for completion in 2103.
The latest snag in the project involves a land dispute between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a West Palm Beach-based water district.
The Kissimmee River restoration has cost $650 million to date and is considered to be the largest, most ambitious river restoration project ever attempted.
Florida's Congressional leaders, state officials and environmental groups have written to the U.S. Army Corps urging that the dispute be resolved and that project move forward as quickly as possible.