Rubio pushed for land deal as he backed law limiting critics

This frame grab made from standard definition video from a Miami-Dade County Commission meeting on May 30, 2002, shows Marco Rubio, left, pushing for approval of a development project backed by Carlos C. Lopez-Cantera, seated at right. Rubio was in the Florida House Republican leadership at the time. Years before his Republican presidential bid, Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials to allow a major industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades. That was two months after he backed a law as a member of the Florida Legislature that made it harder for people to challenge the kinds of developments he advocated for as a private attorney. (Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners via AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — Marco Rubio pushed Miami-Dade County officials in May 2002 to allow a multimillion-dollar industrial development to be built on restricted land near the Florida Everglades, months after he backed a law as a state legislator that made it harder for people to challenge such projects, The Associated Press has learned.

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