FL - Toxic algae in Pahokee foreshadows Stuart's fate if Lake Okeechobee discharges resume

Toxic algae poses a health risk


Terry Butler was beginning his eight-hour shift at the Pahokee Campground & Marina early Wednesday as government officials began gathering to address toxic algae that could be unleashed on the Treasure Coast if Lake Okeechobee discharges resume.

Butler spends his weekdays working at the marina, where he cleans boats, trims hedges and, for the past few weeks, has carefully weaved his way around the docks trying to avoid the putrid scent algae releases at his workplace.

"It's really hard for me to smell it every day. But I've got to come to work," the 55-year-old Pahokee city employee said. "I don't know about the risks. I'm not aware of what it is ... but every year, it comes in from somewhere else."

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