Originally published in The News-Press by Amy Bennett Williams on May 6, 2019

Governor Ron DeSantis will attend U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney’s multi-agency roundtable on harmful algal blooms at FGCU this morning. DeSantis will then join Rooney and officials at a press conference following the meeting.

Rooney’s decision to keep the gathering closed to citizens and the media has been controversial. Tuesday morning, he announced another meeting in Naples Friday that will be open to the press and broadcast on Facebook.

Business owners, stakeholders and ordinary people concerned about the long-term effects of the outbreaks lauded him for sticking up for the region’s interest. At the time, Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said his nonprofit was “happy to see any attention to public health risks from cyanotoxins.”

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