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Ex-Smuggler In Prison Seeks Release, Sugar Cane Burning In Palm Beach & ‘Fight-4-Zero’

Courtesy of Stop Sugar Field Burning Now Facebook
Pre-harvest sugar cane burning in Belle Glades.

A Florida Keys cocaine smuggler is serving a life prison sentence for a 1989 conviction in Alabama. Richard ‘Dickie’ Lynn recently made headlines for seeking a release from prison due to his critical health condition. His case has sparked the creation of a Facebook page in his support. Miami Herald’s Florida Keys reporter David Goodhue has been following the story and joined Sundial to talk about Lynn's case. 


Sundial spoke with Patrick Fergusson, a full-time organizer with the Sierra Club who is leading a campaign to end sugar cane burning in Palm Beach County, about two civil lawsuits that have been filed trying to stop the practice.

The non-profit organization Fight-4-Zero is focused entirely on reducing pollutants in Florida waters. They recently released a report which examined the amount of pollutants in school drinking water across the state. Broward County’s school district refused to share data on their drinking water. Sundial spoke with the organization’s executive director Stel Bailey about the report.


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Sherrilyn Cabrera is WLRN's PM newscast and digital producer.