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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was reportedly booed out of a restaurant as protesters vented their frustration over the state’s red algae tide crisis.
Scott was making a campaign stop in Venice, Fla. when he was met with angry protesters outside of Mojo’s Real Cuban restaurant on Monday, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. The governor, who is term-limited under Florida's constitution, is currently in a tight race against incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) for Nelson's Senate seat.
John Citara, a Sarasota resident, came to protest Scott wearing a white hazmat suit and gas mask. He told the newspaper that he and his sons go to the beach now to document the environmental crisis — not to swim.
“Once you wipe out the economy and the tourism, Florida’s dead,” Citara said. “If this doesn’t show us we need to do things differently and hold people accountable, what will?”
Read more at The Hill.
With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record.
Voters shouldn’t let him.
From the moment the health-care multimillionaire swept into office on 2010’s Tea Party anti-tax, anti-regulation wave, he began slashing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), cutting budgets, skilled staff and inspections.
Read the full editorial at The Palm Beach Post.
A group of survivors of the 2016 Pulse massacre and family of those killed in the attack endorsed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s re-election bid.
“There is only one person in this race who cares about us, and that’s Bill Nelson,” said Brandon Wolf, who survived the mass shooting.
Read more at Florida Politics.
Some of the parents whose children were killed in the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting in February endorsed Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) in his reelection bid on Friday.
Fred Guttenberg, who became an advocate for gun control after he lost his daughter in the shooting, led the group and praised Nelson for his support of universal background checks and banning assault weapons while slamming his Senate rival, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), for his opposition to such measures.
Read the article at The Hill.
"Scott — who was frequently by Trump’s side at the White House and at his resorts in Palm Beach and Bedminster, New Jersey, in 2017 — began putting more distance between himself and the unpopular president this year as he geared up for a Senate run that Trump himself had repeatedly urged him to make. Scott also chaired the super PAC backing Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.
Now Scott seldom mentions the president and won’t commit to having an event with him specifically."
Read the article at Politico.
“The campaign is a prototype of our nation's political environment," Quinnipiac's Brown said. "The key in close elections like this one often lies with independent voters. So far, Sen. Nelson has the edge with this swing group."
Read the full article at USA Today.
A day after the Florida primaries, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, released his first television ad for his re-election bid to the U.S. Senate. Nelson, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, will face Republican Governor Rick Scott in the general election.
The ad, titled "Oath," was released in English and Spanish and is "part of a massive,
statewide media buy" according to a campaign press release. The ad highlights Nelson's public service record in the Army, during his space voyage and in the Senate.
"I believe a public office is a public trust," Nelson said in the ad. "You're there to serve the people, not the special interests."
Watch the ad at CBS News.
U.S. Senators Macro Rubio and Bill Nelson propose a bill that would address harmful algal blooms affecting Florida's south and southwestern coast.
Both Rubio and Nelson introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act legislation that would direct the Interagency Task Force to examine the causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee and the federal resources available to resolve the water crisis.
"These toxic algae blooms are choking Florida's waterways, crippling our economy and making people sick," said Senator Nelson. "We need all hands on deck to help, and this bill will provide scientists and researchers the resources they need to understand what's causing these harmful algae blooms -- and what needs to be done to stop them."
Read the full article at Fox4Now.
After [Rick Scott’s] election in 2010, he wasted no time bulldozing environmental protections that had been decades in the bipartisan making. He gutted the state’s five regional water management districts,slashing their budgets by $700 million and packing their appointed boards with developers. He oversaw the firing of 134 employees at Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection. Taking up the mantle of big polluters, he battled and eventually bested the EPA on the implementation of clean water standards.
In 2012, Scott killed a statewide septic tank inspection program and an initiative that would’ve rehabilitated polluted freshwater springs. His appointees on the enfeebled South Florida Water Management District scuttled plans to buy 46,800 acres of sugar company land where the state had once planned to build giant retention ponds to store and filter polluted lake water. Under his watch, spending for Florida Forever, the state’s land conservation program, plunged from $100 million a year in Scott’s first year to a paltry $17 million by 2013. And in 2016, Scott signed into law weaker standards for toxic chemicals that flow into Florida’s rivers, lakes, and coastal waters, a bill described as allowing “Big Ag to police itself when it comes to fertilizer pollution.”
Any of these protections could conceivably have mitigated the damage now being visited upon the southern Florida coastline and its residents. Instead, more pollution, less oversight, and a depleted budget for remediation set the stage for the current algal explosion.
Read the full article at The New Republic.
Nelson’s new video ad includes quotes from opinion pieces published in the Miami Herald and the Orlando Sentinel, and from Florida Conservation Voters, all explicitly blaming the two-term governor for the crisis that has erupted again this summer with massive amounts of polluted water released from Lake Okeechobee feeding devastating algae blooms on Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Read the article and watch the ad at Florida Politics.