TC Palm: Written by Ali Schmitz. August 20, 2018.
During a tour of the St. Lucie River Monday, Rep. Ron DeSantis, the current front-runner in the Republican primary for governor, pledged to support policies that reduce the need to discharge freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the east and west coasts.
DeSantis met with local lawmakers, scientists, environmental advocates and local business leaders about how algal blooms in the river have hurt the environment and the local economy. TCPalm was the only news outlet on the boat where DeSantis met with locals.
DeSantis said one of the first things he would do if elected governor is appoint people who better understand the impacts of algae on the coasts to the South Florida Water Management District.