"The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently observed low concentrations of red tide algae forming in the northwest and southwest coast of Florida, after the first sign of the algae were found two weeks ago."
FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay reports: “Manmade pollution is cooking up a cocktail of poisons in our water and air. It emits toxins linked to liver disease and neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and Alzheimers.” Our broken water management system benefitting only the sugar cartel forces this deadly soup into our rivers, canals, the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean.
We're ecstatic and grateful for the bi-partisan effort from Florida's congressional delegation, especially Congressman Brian Mast and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but this level of funding MUST stay consistent. We should not have to fight for this year after year after year, while critical projects languish and the destruction continues.
It almost seems trite to worry about stone crab season. Unless it’s your family’s business, that is. The loss to the industry and all who enjoy the sweet crab claw is a harbinger of things to come if the Florida Legislature continues to drag its feet on real solutions to escalating toxins in our waterways.
Continue reading NBC2: Stone crabs may be facing their worst season in 15 years
“Florida's ongoing water woes tops the list of problems to be tackled by Dr. Tom Frazer. The department plans to announce the meeting date and location of the blue-green algae task force, made up of five scientists including four from state universities, in the coming days. The meeting will be open to the public.”
“This happened in July 2016. It was during one of those blue-green algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee that prompts the Army Corps to dump water into the Caloosahatchee and the Gulf of Mexico. To the east it flows out the St. Lucie River to the Atlantic. Maybe you recall seeing stories and dramatic video from both coasts. It could have been a bad movie — Invasion of the Green Slime Monsters.”
“You say ‘thank you’ for this $200 million but also recognize that this level of commitment needs to be there this year and the year after and the year after ... the longer things go, the more expensive they get. There’s a lot at stake for the state of Florida. Chop chop – let’s get this done.”
Pepe and Alfy Fanjul could easily swap some of their land for state land to make the reservoir project much more beneficial, by allowing Lake O water to move south to man-made filtration marshes. After all, we all pay to clean up the pollution coming off their land and heavily subsidize their business. Why do you think they refuse 🤔
Rearranging priorities, even in their mission statement, tells us a lot about this new Governing Board's priorities. It's a 180 from the brazen sugar-aligned former board. These are the building blocks of progress.
Thank you, Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, for leading the charge!
Governor DeSantis put forth an aggressive, bold agenda, and the largest funding request to go with it, just a few days into his term of office. We have a growing number of legislators who are beginning to see the light. But not nearly enough. The sugar cartel and polluters still call too many shots in the Florida Legislature.