TAMPA BAY TIMES: Brink: Toxic algae blooms from Lake Okeechobee are a stain on Florida

Tampa Bay Times: Written by Graham Brink. July 3, 2018.

Dark green ooze is not good for the state’s image.

It’s the antithesis of clear blue waters. It screams health risk. You know it smells even if you only see it in photographs.

It’s also bad for business.

Once again, the communities along the waterways that flow out of Lake Okeechobee are dealing with toxic algae blooms. This isn’t an out-of-sight problem, easily ignored. Blooms started popping up weeks ago on the state’s east coast, near Stuart, Palm City and the other towns around the St. Lucie River. The Caloosahatchee River, which flows west from the lake towards Fort Myers and Sanibel Island, is also loaded with the slime.

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