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Over the past year Southwest Florida has had to deal with red tide, a harmful algae that has fouled waterways. This bloom has not only severely damaged our marine environment and sea life, but it has ravaged our tourism-based economy with reported lost business from seaside restaurants ranging from 40% to 60%. When you also [...]

IT’S TIME TO BE HEARD

The political climate for undertaking long overdue infrastructure improvements that will reduce the nutrients that feed red tide in our waterways is the most favorable in recent memory. We all have to take advantage of it to ensure that encouraging promises are funded and acted upon. For START, this means meeting with leading federal, state [...]

At the beginning of 2019 the Florida Congressional Delegation consisting of U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, Kathy Castor, Charlie Christ and Francis Rooney, reintroduced the bipartisan Florida Coastal Protection Act, which would make permanent the current moratorium on oil drilling slated to expire in 2022. The moratorium currently in place protects waters up to 235 miles [...]

Now that the election is over and our current policy makers are in place, START is moving forward with a “Call To Action” to form a new coalition of organizations and concerned citizens to band together with “One Voice” to ensure that our policy makers follow through on their campaign promises to take action to [...]

Massive fish die-offs were just one of many concerns fishermen raised with NOAA scientists during workshops held in the summer of 2018. Fishermen described how the spread of toxic algae otherwise known as a “Red Tide” event along the west coast of Florida is impacting many parts of their lives including local business. This made [...]

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