Algae bloom on coastal areas and other water systems connected to Lake Okeechobee has been at the center of much discussion in this state over the last year. Yesterday SB 10 which has been much talked about for the duration of the legislative session passed the Senate yesterday. A pet priority of President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) whose district was most seriously impacted by the Algae bloom on the St Lucie River last year, the legislation will help prevent further algae blooms. It was amended after push back from the agriculture industry but my understanding is that many in the sugar and citrus world are still not happy with the final result and may seek further changes in the House, if the legislation even sees the light of day there.
The best backgrounder on the whole situation and the history of the lake was published by The Weather Channel a few months ago. We encourage everyone to read it.