Partly because the economics never quite worked out.
|Sugar cane in the Everglades|
Agricultural Area (EAA)
as seen along Route 80
|Sod farm in the EAA|
Farming took off on the Sawgrass Plain south of the lake thanks to its rich peat. About the same size as the Big Cypress, the vast expanse of sawgrass is a sea of sugarcane (and sod) today.
The swamp can thank its lucky stars its soils weren't right.