HERALD TRIBUNE: As algae slimes waterways, Ron DeSantis open to new business regulations

Herald Tribune: Written by Zac Anderson. July 3, 2018.

With a massive algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee again threatening coastal estuaries, the question of how to clean up the lake water and prevent future ecological disasters is quickly becoming one of the big issues in the race for governor.

During a campaign event Monday in Fort Meyers, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis - who is seeking the GOP nomination for governor against agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam - accused his opponent of being beholden to the sugar industry.

South Florida sugar farms are blamed for contributing to fertilizer runoff in the lake that helps fuel the algae blooms. Fort Meyers sits along the Caloosahatchee River, which is receiving discharges of Lake Okeechobee water laden with the thick green algae. The issue was a big concern for some in the crowd of roughly 500 who came out to see DeSantis campaign with conservative media star Sean Hannity.

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