Rick Scott and cabinet will meet Nov. 20 by telephone, just hours after Scott and two Cabinet members will certify the results of the Nov. 6 elections, to approve the FPL power plant. FPL’s parent company has donated more then $1 million to Scott’s campaigns, and Scott owns as much as $500,000 in company stock.
A new breakaway bloom is moving through the Keys. Now, Indian River is the latest Florida county forced to close its beaches because of red tide. On Tuesday, Brevard County’s Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, and Cocoa Beach also tested positive for toxic algae. Gemini Elementary School in Melbourne Beach has canceled all outdoor activities. “It’s like being hit with a tear gas.”
The power plant’s approval would benefit Florida Power and Light, Scott’s largest corporate campaign donor and a company in which the governor has invested as much as $500,000.
Two nasty algal blooms have killed not only tons of marine life in Southwest Florida but also part of the economy.
The state now in the midst of the second-worst manatee die-off ever recorded, a “mortality event” in scientist-speak.
There was no mention during the brief rally of the red tides that plague Florida. When asked by a reporter, Scott blamed nature, and said that the only thing that could help is “really good easterly winds right now.”
A Venice crowd, incensed about the toxic algae, jams sidewalks as the governor visits Sarasota County, chanting “Red Tide Rick!”
“I can’t believe Rick Scott is scared of a bunch of little old ladies in tennis shoes. We’re here because we love our beaches.”
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Upstaging Scott, Marco Rubio has secured $1 million for the CDCP to immediately address algal blooms, changed the discharge schedule, funded algae removal, and added funds to identify health impacts from the toxic algae blooms.