Days After Criticism From Sen. Nelson,
FLAGLERLIVE | JULY 9, 2018
Toxic algae problems impacting election-year politics
Wouldn’t this algae problem be placed on the shoulders of Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam
the governor of Florida for not doing their job?
‘Governor Pass the Buck Rick’ is trying to blame Senator Bill Nelson for our algae problem?
Senator Bill Nelson has to face a Republican controlled Florida Congress and a Federal Republican controlled congress just to try to get a bill to the floor let alone passed in congress.
Rick Scott has to get out of his own way to pass bills and does not need his republican controlled congress however, even he cannot because he has cut anything dealing with our climate!
Now ‘Governor Pass the buck Rick’ wants to replace the only senator in Florida working for the Floridians?
Republicans point their finger at their opponents and do nothing year after year after year!
DeSantis is blasting his GOP opponent — Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — for his ties to the sugar industry, which often is blamed for contributing to excessive nutrient loads that feed algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee, water that is then discharged into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers during heavy rain events, fouling those waterways.
The governor is coming under fire for his failure to curb the algae blooms and their environmental impacts since taking office in 2011.
There was a devastating bloom in 2011 that blanketed the Indian River Lagoon, killing 73 square miles of seagrass beds and coinciding with the death of more than 500 manatees, dolphins and pelicans.
That same year Scott pushed through a big rollback of state growth management laws, regulations that had helped control development and its impacts, such as fertilizer runoff and human waste that leaks from septic systems.
Scott also slashed funding for the state’s water management districts, which play a big role in protecting waterways, and appointed board members that critics called too deferential to polluters. And he signed legislation in 2012 that repealed a state law mandating that septic tanks receive regular inspections to ensure they’re not allowing untreated waste to seep into water systems.