By Ali Schmitz of Treasure Coast Newspapers, 7/27/2018:
Gov. Rick Scott would not commit to coming to Martin County to assess algae blooms in the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon during an event in Jupiter Friday.
The event, held as part of his U.S. Senate campaign, was about 20 miles south of Stuart, where Lake Okeechobee discharges have carried blue-green algae — toxic in some areas — into the river and lagoon, as they did in 2016 and many previous years.
Since the algae appeared June 4, at least 15 people have been medically treated for symptoms related to algae exposure, local businesses have closed and outdoor workers are wearing protective masks.
… Scott came under fire in 2016 for never visiting Martin County during the algae crisis. Protesters booed him at the St. Lucie Lock and Dam in 2013, when he met with officials in private and declined to address the public.