WTSP: Scientists say Florida can avoid future red tide disasters but special interests might be in the way

WTSP: Written by WTSP Staff. October 31, 2018.

It has not been a good year for Florida's beaches. Red tide has killed thousands of tons of marine life. It has cost taxpayers millions of dollars in clean up efforts. It's making Floridians sick, and it's not over yet.

Red tide is a natural algae bloom made much worse by human activity.

"We're feeding algae blooms with tons of fertilizer," Peter Girard from Bullsugar.org, an environmental group, said. "That is not natural."

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