BRADENTON, Fla. - The South Florida Water Management District is in court today arguing that a judge should validate $2.2 billion of certificates of participation, but at least four petitions opposing the validation have been filed.

The district plans to use $1.34 billion of the debt to finance the purchase of U.S. Sugar Corp.'s 180,000 acres of sugar cane fields and citrus groves in South Florida as part of its plan to restore the famed Everglades.

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