By: Will Poston
May 28th, 2021
Water quality issues remain one of the most pressing and unifying topics in Florida. The state relies on its natural environments and healthy coastlines for vibrant tourism and outdoor recreation economies. Many readers may remember the devastating algal blooms that plagued Florida in 2018 and the countless other “lost summers.” Beaches were shut down due to the respiratory issues red tide causes for people, tourists canceled trips, and high-volume fish kills were experienced on both coasts. This year, Florida’s coasts and waterways are already experiencing harmful algal blooms, and the stage is set for another destructive summer.