Originally published in The News-Press by Amy Bennett Williams on August 30, 2019

When Florida’s blue-green algae task force meets next, public health will be first on the agenda.

Hurricane Dorian postponed the scientists’ Friday’s meeting in Gainesville, which was to have been the fourth since Gov. Ron DeSantis reactivated the six-member group, which includes FGCU Professor Mike Parsons.

Currently, “there’s a huge gap in appropriate public health risk notification,” said John Cassani, “so I just hope the task force will see the value in doing this.”

“I cannot imagine why they would not recommend adopting the criteria,” he said. “I just can’t for the life of me understand how they would be opposed to that.”

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