MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- Fixing water woes was one of the top issues in the gubernatorial race this past year. New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is now tasked with cleaning the water.
Mike Berger has lived along the South Fork of the St. Lucie River for a long time. “30 years is a very long time,” said Berger.
He knows the drill of algae during the summer and clean water during the winter. “Soon as they stop dumping, water heals,” said Berger.
He hopes 2019 is the start of a change. Ed Stout at South River Outfitters does too. “Change is sometimes a good thing,” said Stout.
Governor Ron DeSantis will be watched closely on how he handles out water issues. He talked about it frequently during the campaign. “Really serious priority,” said DeSantis following a tour of the St. Lucie River in August.
He’s talked about finding a way to expedite construction on a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee that will significantly reduce discharges to the east and west.
People on the Treasure Coast are cautiously optimistic. “Proof is in the pudding until they actually do something, it’s just words,” said Berger.
Mark Perry with Florida’s Oceanographic Society has fought water issues for 40 years. “Really gets down to the leadership. Who is going to take the lead whether it’s in Congress or our state?” said Perry.