Florida is dying! Worse yet it is being murdered by corporations who put profits ahead of lives and by politicians who sold the citizens out in order to advance their political prospects.
I would love to blame Rick Scott. In fact, I will blame Rick Scott but he didn’t happen to start this process. He only maintains it. For decades, big sugar producers have allowed their runoff water containing fertilizer and pesticides to drain untreated into Lake Okeechobee. Keep in mind Lake Okeechobee is no minor lake but covers 730 square miles or not much smaller than the state of Rhode Island.
Lake Okeechobee floods. What keeps if from overflowing is the decrepit Herbert Hoover Dike rated as “most likely to fail in the US”. There is an upgrade scheduled to take decades to implement to upgrade the dike. I suspect the timetable is related to political priorities and finances but it comes down to what is the government willing to do.
The state of Florida under Governors Scott, Crist, Bush et al, have allowed Big Sugar to dump untreated water into the lake. All have received hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from Big Sugar and all have looked the other way. They blame the Federal Government and the Army Corp of Engineers for releasing lake water into the ocean. If they did not, the dike would break and South Florida would be flooded with contaminated water. By South Florida I mean Ft. Lauderdale and Miami drinking water sources.
There have been conversations for decades about buying farmland south of Lake Okeechobee to drain water there instead of the ocean. While it appears obvious to me that this would only delay the inevitable as the contamination would continue to spread unchecked, the effort goes unfunded so it hardly matters.
So Florida is dying, tourism and boating along its coasts, drinking water, beaches. Everything that makes Florida worth visiting is being affected while Rick Scott blames the Feds, while continuing to pocket hundreds of thousands from Big Sugar. As did those who came before.