BRADENTON, Fla. — The South Florida Water Management District will consider a plan on Thursday to pay cash, instead of using debt, for a scaled-down version of the U.S. Sugar Corp. land purchase for Everglades restoration.

The district’s board of governors will be asked to purchase 26,791 acres of property for $197.4 million in cash. The transaction would include various options to acquire around 153,200 acres over the next 10 years.

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