HERALD TRIBUNE: Red Tide: DeSantis wants ‘war footing’ in water fight

Herald Tribune: Written by John Kennedy. January 14, 2019.

But lawmakers may settle for skirmish

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis used his opening week in office to underscore a campaign pledge to tackle Florida’s deepening environmental problems, with the former Navy lawyer saying he wanted the state on a “war footing.”

But signs are emerging that fellow Republicans in the state Legislature may be considering a more narrow approach — one some critics dismiss as a mere skirmish against the enemies of red tide and toxic algae that fouled both coasts.

“The public wants us to take on the entire problem, and that’s what we should be doing,” said Rep. Thad Altman, R-Merritt Island, whose Brevard County district was plagued by “brown tide” last spring and summer, an algae bloom that caused massive fish kills.

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