Deadline extended for comments on Glades project

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Federal officials are extending the deadline for submitting comments on an Everglades restoration project with an imminent deadline.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Thursday that comments for the Central Everglades Planning Project will be accepted through Nov. 1.

The original deadline had been Tuesday, but the corps suspended work on the project during the 16-day partial government shutdown. Along with public comments, the project requires input from multiple federal agencies that had furloughed their workers, too.

Corps officials say additional time is needed to review that input and make a final report on the project. It's still unclear whether the project will meet its year-end deadline for inclusion in a funding bill. If it doesn't, it could wait up to seven years for congressional authorization.

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