Rick Scott’s Algae & Red Tide Crisis Just Keeps Growing

Rick Scott has neglected Florida’s waterways for over seven years, gutting the state agencies responsible for keeping Florida’s environment pristine and healthy. Tourism is threatened and families are getting sick, all because of Rick Scott’s failure of leadership. Now, self-serving Rick Scott is trying to blame the federal government for the mess he created — because Scott never takes responsibility.

“As blue algae and red tide decimate Florida’s waterways, choking tourism and sickening residents, Rick Scott just needs to look in the mirror to find out who’s responsible. Scott abolished an environmental protection agency, kneecapped environment enforcement, and decimated water management districts. Scott’s actions encouraged polluters to pollute more — and the voters know he’s to blame,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

 

Check out a sample of Rick Scott’s negative environmental coverage in the last 5 days alone…

Florida Phoenix: Yes, this really is Rick Scott, Adam Putnam and Pam Bondi’s fault

Miami Herald: As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring network 

Treasure Coast Palm: Red tide, blue-green algae: Does Nelson or Scott have the answers?

Treasure Coast Palm: Rick Scott, Bill Nelson battle over algae blooms in U.S. Senate race

Tampa Bay Times: Florida’s U.S. Senate race just got slimed

Treasure Coast Palm: Rick Scott, Bill Nelson battle over algae blooms in U.S. Senate race

Miami Herald: As bouts with killer algae rose, Florida gutted its water quality monitoring network

Orlando Sentinel: Governor seeks more action on red tide as Scott, Nelson point fingers at each other

Tampa Bay Times: Florida gutted water quality monitoring – as killer algae increased

WINK News: ‘I want action’: Cape residents demand solutions for algae problem 

Fox 4: Panel paints grim picture about algae health effects

WFLA: Erin Brockovich slams Florida officials over algae crisis: ‘Do your damn jobs’

Boca Beacon: When will it ever end? Authorities not providing enough information on red tide

News Channel 8: ‘We want our beaches back’: Hundreds to come together, call for action amid algae crisis

Fort Myers News-Press: Some tourists avoid dining waterfront, ‘blindsided’ by environmental devastation

Fort Myers News-Press: As red tide, algae blooms drag on, health agencies stay mum on what constitutes a crisis

Sun Sentinel: Blame long line of politicians for Florida’s recurring algae crisis | Fred Grimm

Bradenton Herald: ‘It’s natural’: Despite looming red tide threat, visitors take advantage of Manatee beaches

Bay News 9: Red tide moves north, dead fish found on some Manatee beaches

News Channel 8: Young manatee found dead from red tide in Venice

Fox 13: Red tide FAQ: What is it, and where does it come from?

Bradenton Herald: Red tide remains at bay for Manatee beaches. But for how long?

WHSV: Red tide increasing in Florida

Bradenton Herald: Red tide reaches some Anna Maria Island beaches

WTSP: Red tide has already killed more manatees this year than in all of 2017, FWC data shows

Bradenton Herald: What is red tide? And answers to other questions you’re asking

Naples Daily News: National Weather Service issues beach hazards statement for red tide in Collier County

Fort Myers News-Press: Florida algae crisis: Mayors ask to expand Scott’s state of emergency; Rooney calls for federal action

ABC Action News: Red tide creeping farther north, boat captains reporting fish kills in Sarasota Bay, Passage Key

WWSB: Protesters rally for red tide awareness

WWSB: Red tide affects sea turtles and other wildlife

ABC Action News: Red tide continues to devastate Tampa Bay area beaches and wildlife

Fox 13: Vacationers steer clear of beach in Sarasota County

Naples Daily News: Florida algae crisis: What’s the difference between red tide and blue-green algae?

ABC 7: Lake Okeechobee algae feeds Red Tide anxiety in Southwest Florida

Florida Today: Kelly Slater, legendary Cocoa Beach surfer, weighs in on toxic algae

Fort Myers News-Press: Fort Myers, Cape Coral at center of two water quality tragedies – red tide and blue-green algal bloom

Fort Myers News-Press: Protest along the Matlacha Bridge decries algae in the Caloosahatchee, Lake O and red tide

Treasure Coast Palm: Lake Okeechobee algae bloom captured in NOAA satellite image Thursday

The Epoch Times: 400 Dead Sea Turtles in Florida as Algae Crisis Continues

 

… yep, that’s just the last 5 days of negative press coverage for Rick Scott’s environmental policies.