“Who Owns the Land South of the Lake? Mapping Out Florida’s Water Future.”
Today we discuss #3, New Hope Sugar Corporation. It is difficult to find much information on the company, however, it is part of the Fanjul family’s holdings. It is also the same name, as we learned yesterday, as the Fanjul charity: New Hope Charities whose mission is to help families in the Glades.
Let’s look at the charity again…
Their website reads: “New Hope Charities was incorporated as a 501(3)(c) charity in 1988 offering support to remote, distressed and underserved segments of society. The first program implemented by New Hope distributed food to needy families living in the “Glades” area of western Palm Beach County. Currently, we operate a multi-service center in Pahokee, Florida, the second poorest city in the United States. The Family Center consists of a Day Care Center, a Youth Center, an Education Center, a Health Center, basketball courts, and an open field for soccer, baseball and football.”
Now back to the land…
I have colored in New Hope Sugar Corp. in the same orange highlighter as Okeelanta Corporation, but added a red dot to differentiate. New Hope Charities above mentions Pahokee as the nation’s second poorest town. Pahokee is south of the Martin County Line along the rim of Lake Okeechobee; it is not far away. The point of my blog series is to show landholdings, but I think the “New Hope” theme lends itself to a discussion on something more.
I have been blogging for four years now, it is becoming clear to us all that there is a bridge to be crossed, a hand to be held if we are going to go any further. Since the beginning of our river journey there have been cries from the interior of the state/south of the Lake. Cries of fear that we want to “send the water south” and destroy their cities and livelihoods…Even thought we know this isn’t so, this is understandable— and let there be no mistake about it: #GladesLivesMatter
I think it is time we talk about this openly. We must address the fears and the realities and we must begin to help…because there is so much help we can do for these communities and for a better water future for our state.
What got me thinking on all this was researching New Hope Sugar Corporation, #3 on the TCRPC map. I realized I have never thought that much about these areas south the Lake, except maybe when my father told me some of the best football players come from Pahokee and Belle Glade. I have driven through before and I have flown over. But have I ever walked inside? No I have not. After I finish this “land south of the Lake series” I think it is time to go inside this world and see how we can help.
We have got start a conversation including the Glades communities, a plan to help the poverty in Pahokee and Belle Glade and other Glades communities. We have to talk about Everglades Restoration as a plan for everyone. I am sure the Fanjul’s New Hope Charities with same name as their Sugar Corporation is doing great work, but why couldn’t Everglades restoration offer something more? Because in order to create more than hope, we must move beyond charity…
Glades Lives Matter: http://www.ussugar.com/news/icymi-glades-lives-matter/
New Hope Sugar Corp: Links: http://listings.findthecompany.com/l/29385192/New-Hope-Sugar-Company-in-West-Palm-Beach-FL
Board of Dir. New Hope Charities: http://www.newhopecharities.com/about/our-board-of-directors/
Poorest Communities in Florida: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/poorest-cities-fl/
Excerpt NY Times Article, 2013… In the Glades, the “official” jobless rate has always been a joke because so few people are even on the books. Many of the agricultural jobs disappeared as vegetable production turned into sugar growing, now largely mechanized.
NY Times Article of Football Pahokee and Bell Glade and Hope of a Better Life: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/opinion/sunday/football-as-a-way-out-of-poverty.html?_r=0
New Hope Charities: http://www.newhopecharities.com
4 thoughts on “New Hope Sugar Corporation; Can We Create More Than Hope? SLR/IRL”
Hey Jacqui. Be sure to spell Bell Glade with an e. Belle. Probably that danged spell-checker. Don’t want you to get off to wrong foot with those folks. Keep the faith baby. Much work to do.
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I have gone back and forth with Glades Life Matter and offered them a platform to write about themselves so we could get to know the people and not just the issue. right after that they banned me from their page. I’m taking is personally. I do know that the entire movement came about after people were harassed needlessly. I do know that Janet Taylor lied to the press and her behavoir is pointed to making us feel bad. But here’s the thing. I Lived in PBC for 3o years and I went out there as a nurse only to be turned away. I went out a few years ago to talk to people and not only would they not talk to me but they made up lies as they did at the last SFWMD I went to when someone told the police that I hit someone and I almost got thrown out. I told them to check the video and if indeed they saw that to please throw me out. I would love to help and I feel badly for the people because the economy is so poor BUT I cannot and will not cut slack to these politicians who chose to play a card that they knew would cause havoc. That’s being manipulative and its not being 100 percent.
I meant to say I’m not taking it personally. lol