TC Palm: Written by Eve Samples. October 4th, 2018.
We're a month away from choosing a new governor in Florida.
While we've seen lots of breathless prognosticating about a possible "blue wave" or "red wave" in the impending midterms, some far more tangible forces are affecting Florida politics in these final weeks of election season:
Red tide and blue-green algae.Florida's environment is now enduring a full-peninsula assault. And voters are sick about it, literally.Let's review the conditions:
The year-old red tide bloom off Southwest Florida has killed upwards of 400 sea turtles, 67 manatees (with 105 more deaths suspected), and washed ashore so many millions of pounds of dead fish that Lee County's landfill has been used to burn the carcasses.