Originally published in Sanibel-Captiva Islander by CJ Haddad on July 9, 2019

For Southwest Florida, summer months can mean heat, afternoon rain and, as Southwest Florida saw all too well last year, harmful algal blooms.

Calusa Waterkeeper’s Florida Water Summit kicked off a four-point campaign on June 24 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers, to better study the impact of harmful algal blooms on public health.

Attendees viewed the film, “Toxic Puzzle,” a documentary that follows Dr. Paul Cox and his journey to connect BMAAs – an amino acid produced by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), to neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

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