Red Tide in Florida - Tell Florida Government You Want Them to Take Action Now!

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Florida red tide is currently at a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring, microscopic algae called Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. It produces brevetoxins — powerful and potent neurotoxins — that are killing marine animals in numbers never before seen and is also harmful to humans.

U.S. sugar, phosphate mines and orange growers are 3 of the bigger culprits along with poor planning by the army corps of engineers. Phosphorous and nitrogen rich water from lake Okeechobee is being directed down the Calloosahatchee river and the St. Lucie canal instead of the natural flow which would be south through the everglades into the Florida Bay where it would be naturally filtered along the way.

Florida Bay itself has undergone a series of ecological changes beginning in the late 1980s that have severely altered the ecosystem. Originally, clean freshwater flowed south through the state into the Florida Bay. To support the state's agricultural water needs, namely for sugar cultivation, the water was rerouted and no longer flows into the Bay, causing numerous and severe environmental issues and loss of native wildlife.

I think many of you will agree that being able to go to the beach is one of the many advantages to living in our great state of Florida along with an abundance of fresh seafood to eat. Currently the massive kill on the shores and in the water, along with the stench, prohibits beach goers. There are also advisories to not eat any seafoods that come from the effected waters.

Tourism — with 87.3 million visitors in 2011 (a record number), Florida is the top travel destination in the world. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $67 billion on Florida's economy.... What's going to happen when they stop coming?

It's time for our Government officials to hear us and take action. Please sign this petition and let them know how you feel. Also, don't forget to vote! Thank you.