Nearly 500 people showed up for a forum in Fort Myers Monday prompted by the ecological disaster unfolding with the release of toxic algae from Lake Okeechobee into our waterways.
Jennifer Boddicker, a microbiologist, and Parisma Taeb, a physician, joined me for a panel discussion on how we got into this mess and what we can do about it. All three of us are running for the state Legislature in November where we plan to use our influence to solve this problem. I’m running for the state Senate, Jennifer and Parisma are running for the state House.
The toxic algae being released from Okeechobee into our rivers and eventually the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean, are killing fish and plants and animals on an unprecedented scale and are prolonging the Red Tide outbreak in the Gulf. The toxins being released from the lake can be very harmful to humans and they pose not only a health risk, but a threat to our economy as word of this disaster spreads internationally.
We know how to fix this problem. We’ve known for two decades. What we’ve lacked is the political will to do something about it. That’s why I’m running for office.
In the YouTube video below you can see some of my remarks. Click HERE to take a look at the entire conference and why is is so crucial that we get the water right.