Originally published in The News-Press by Chad Gillis on July 16, 2020

An environmental network in Florida says Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Health are not doing their jobs when it comes to informing the public about the health risks of toxic algae blooms.

Shortly after taking office in 2019, DeSantis issued an executive order that included developing a Blue-Green Algae Task Force to help address some of the state’s ailing waterways.

The task force met several times and came up with a list of recommendations.

“We asked them previously to work on cyanobacteria signage and standards and the task force developed a consensus,” said Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani, “that told DEP to work with DOH on this.”

One of the recommendations was to better inform the public about potentially toxic algae blooms.

“It just never happened,” Cassani said.

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