Gov. Rick Scott and Treasure Coast delegation,
An unprecedented crisis is unfolding on the Treasure Coast.
Discharges of contaminated water from Lake Okeechobee have triggered widespread algae blooms here. Some of this algae has been confirmed toxic.
Its appearance has forced the health department to close parts of the St. Lucie River, Indian River Lagoon and -- for the first time -- our oceanfront beaches.
We are concerned about our health. Respiratory issues have been reported by some residents who live near the blue-green algae. Longer-term links to neurological diseases are even more alarming.
We are concerned about our economy. Some waterfront businesses have closed their doors, and Realtors are warning would-be buyers and vacationers of the hazardous conditions.
We need your help.
Stopping the discharges from Lake Okeechobee is the solution. To do that, we need more land to store, treat and move excess water south from Lake Okeechobee -- instead of dumping it east to the St. Lucie River and west to the Caloosahatchee River.
Jobs are at stake. Public health hangs in the balance.
Please use the power of your position to make a bold move.