BRADENTON, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court Monday decided to hear oral arguments on April 7 in the South Florida Water Management District’s quest to get legal validation for $650 million of certificates of participation, the sale of which is being opposed by two ­appellants.

The district plans to use the COPs to purchase 72,500 acres of land owned by U.S. Sugar Corp. for Everglades restoration. The purchase will include an option to buy the remaining U.S. Sugar property consisting of 107,500 acres within 10 years.

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