Martin County Requests Declaration of Major Disaster
The blue-green algae has become so pervasive it's made it's way south into the Lake Worth Lagoon. The algae will kill fish (a six-foot tarpon was floating at Jensen Beach yesterday) and cause fumes that can make humans sick just from inhaling it.
The commission also voted to encourage (further encourage?) the purchasing of land south of the lake to, at the very least, help alleviate some of the outflows killing the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers.
There was a very persistent message during the meeting: Get rid of every incumbent elected official who has taken Big Sugar money. Ironically, one of those (Gayle Harrell) was the first speaker and I think it's fair to say her comments about "we are currently crafting a letter to the governor" didn't go over very well. I mean, it's not like the rest of us didn't see the algae coming 4 months ago. But let's get going on a letter now!
Anyway, it's not much of a step, but it's a little momentum in the right direction. LOOOONG way to go.