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Thousands come together in Florida to protest toxic algae

Posted at 11:34 PM, Aug 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-02 11:48:06-04

From Tampa to Fort Myers and on the Treasure Coast, thousands of people stood hand in hand to bring awareness to toxic algae. 

"Year after year, event after event, these are the hardcore people that show up to fight for our clean water," resident Keri West said. 

A few hundred people stood on Stuart Beach, Sunday holding hands in unity.

Coordinator Alina Chaney says it was important for all communities impacted by toxic algae to stand in solidarity.


"We all just came together to send a message that we are not going to accept anymore procrastination and that we want everybody to pull together and get it resolved," said Chaney. 

Gov. Rick Scott took a tour of the waterways around Stuart on Friday.  While he frustrated some by making no public comments at the time, he did announce Martin County would get $700,000 for algae bloom cleanup.

"We don't know when this is going to end, but we are not going to stop fighting," West said. 

While exposure to toxic algae can lead to nausea or short term respiratory issues, some scientists say that long-term exposure to toxic algae can lead to neurological problems.