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06/15/2021 | Episode 51 | 49:53

Welcome to Florida: Red tide

Welcome to Florida: Red tide

This week's episode begins with good news for conservationists in Florida from a most unlikely place: the Florida state legislature. Craig also updates on a scary development regarding Florida's coral reef. Our guest this week is Dr. Cynthia Heil, Director of the Red Tide Institute at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota. In the episode, Heil discusses resources available for Florida residents and tourists regarding the health of our beaches.

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Thiennga H Vo
17. 06 2021, 09:22:1212
We went visit Madeira Beach on Monday morning and saw similar issue. A lot dead Fishes and eels flushed along the shore. People still walking exercises, but I couldn't tolerate. The air made my throat irritated and coughing.
Benedict Mercadante
17. 06 2021, 07:50:0707
Amazing all the denial I read, some people just have a hard time with reality. Yes, there is red tide for s large death of west central Florida, just because YOU are not at those beaches. does not exclude it's existence. Secondly, someone mentioned the color of the sand...guess what. that's a bay beach, and that is exactly how they look.I an so tired of the people that have moved down here these past few decades and the fools they have helped elect that have all helped destroy our once beautiful habitats. If the brighter bulbs do not begins to shine, we are going to lose what we have, and that is just a data based fact, like it or not
Sandra Lowe
16. 06 2021, 09:48:2626
It's real all right, look a little and you'll find reports and maps with locations and warnings for beachgoers. The problem must be addressed or it will only get worse. Thanks for your reporting. Denial will not help the worsening Florida environment.
Todd Slack
16. 06 2021, 05:25:2020
I am here right now and have not seen that on your beaches at all. The picture looks staged.
Clara Monte
16. 06 2021, 11:29:4343
That sand doesnt look like florida white sand!!

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Craig Pittman is the award-winning author of Oh, Florida!: How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, The Scent of Scandal, Cat Tale, Manatee Insanity and The State You’re In, and co-author of Paving Paradise. Born in Pensacola, he graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. His next book will be titled The State You’re In.


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