Toxic Algae Hit Florida Politics

SANIBEL FL

The state that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate seems to be voting with algae and the environment — not Trump, Russia or tariffs — front of mind. Red tides are naturally occurring, but this latest one has stuck around Florida's coasts for more than nine months, scattering trails of dead marine wildlife across the waves. It comes as blue-green algae blooms are also roiling Florida's fresh water supply, spilling into rivers and canals and making the water less like a liquid and more like a thick — and pungent — version of guacamole.

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