algae blooms

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announcing new environmental proposals Wednesday in Jupiter.
Gov. Ron DeSantis' Twitter page

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week announced environmental proposals for the 2020 legislative session, based on recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force, that are designed to expedite water quality improvements throughout Florida.

The St. Johns River.
Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

A new report points to several worrying trends in the lower St. Johns River basin.

Palatka's South Historic District.
Peter Jensen / The South Historic District Neighborhood Association

The St. Johns River Water Management District is funding a $1.5 million project in Palatka to improve the quality of stormwater discharges to the St. Johns River.

Florida's new Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer.
IFAS News / University of Florida

In a call with reporters from across the state on Friday, Florida Chief Science Officer Tom Frazer said he recognizes Florida’s ongoing struggle with harmful algal blooms and will make water quality issues his priority moving forward.

Green algae bloom in Palatka.
Sam Carr

The St. Johns Riverkeeper says multiple blue-green algal blooms have been reported in the Welaka, Satsuma and Palatka areas of Florida.

Blue green algae in the St. Johns River.
Edie Widder / St. Johns Riverkeeper

Monday’s First Coast Connect featured guest host Charlene Shirk.

St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinamen joined us to talk about the recent algal blooms that are threatening the health of the river and its wildlife (00:57).

Reginald Luster

Jacksonville attorney Reginald Luster is the only local candidate in the race for Florida’s open Senate seat.

Luster is joining the Democratic field of incumbent Sen. Marco Rubio’s opponents, including Rep. Patrick Murphy, Rep. Alan Grayson, and attorney and former naval officer Pam Keith.

Luster is a business owner and is also known for serving as the first, and so far only, African-American president of the local bar association.

We speak with him about his platform.

Algae Bloom

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida environmental officials want to hear from boaters who spot potentially dangerous algae on and around the St. Johns River.