Gulf of Mexico
Red Tide Fish Kill on Sanibel Island

Despite dreadful beach conditions, Florida governor won't regulate agriculture polluters

The moment I drove over the causeway — my favorite Florida beaches on the islands of Sanibel and Captiva beckoning — the stench in the air foreshadowed bad news.

Before me, the normally glittering blue Gulf waters were an infuriating thick shade of brown.

At the Sanibel Lighthouse beach, the heaps of toxic-smelling red algae were so large and smelled so overwhelmingly bad, that all I could manage was a quick sprint over a walkway for a look — and I had to flee. I almost vomited. My eyes were instantly on fire. I felt I couldn’t breathe.

And I knew.

Once again, Florida’s polluters had gotten away with dirtying up paradise.

Read the full opinion piece here.