BRADENTON, Fla. — A Palm Beach County, Fla., judge Wednesday validated $650 million of the $2.2 billion of certificates of participation requested by the South Florida Water Management District to purchase land that will help restore the Everglades.

While SFWMD officials hailed the partial validation as a significant win for South Florida’s fragile and declining ecosystem, the controversial financing plan still can be appealed within 30 days to the Florida Supreme Court, said Randy Hanna, managing shareholder at Bryant Miller Olive LLP, the district’s bond counsel.

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