MIAMI HERALD: Matt Caldwell is sweet on Big Sugar. He shouldn’t be Florida’s agriculture commissioner.

Miami Herald: Written by Carl Hiassen. November 2, 2018.

Last week, there were more buzzards than tourists on some of the beaches in Indian River County.

The birds flocked there to eat the rotting fish that had died from the acrid outbreak of red tide. Officials had closed the public beaches because of the stink and respiratory threat, but naturally a few curious humans went to take pictures and videos.

Buzzards are, in their own ominous way, photogenic.


This year’s onset of red tide has plagued Florida shores from the upper Gulf to the Atlantic. In some communities lifetime residents have never seen anything so bad.

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