Environment

It’s an inland (and upland) problem with a serious coastal impact… and experts warn conditions in the future could make it even more prevalent in our coastal ecosystems. The issue is colloquially referred to as “blue-green algae” (actually, cyanobacteria), which can produce harmful toxins. Florida is facing cyanobacteria-contaminated waters now, particularly on the east coast where Lake Okeechobee (source for the freshwater bacteria, which is very resistant to salt water) drains into the Atlantic.

Bethany Quinn and her husband Sean moved into their home in Stuart, in Martin County, three years ago. 

It’s the same house Bethany grew up in, nestled in a middle-class neighbourhood and across the street from the St. Lucie Lucie River, part of the larger Indian River Lagoon estuary. As a girl, Quinn would swim in the river with her family. But today Quinn doesn’t allow her two daughters to go near the water. The river isn’t safe, in her view; it’s too polluted. â€œI just don’t see how it can come back,” Quinn said.

National real estate brokerage Redfin ranked cities with the best access to national parks. 

(Miami, FL August 5, 2016) - Miami is one of the best U.S. cities for national park lovers, according to the latest report from the national real estate brokerage Redfin (www.redfin.com). In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Redfin reviewed major U.S. cities with populations of at least 400,000, and ranked them according to number of national parks reachable within a three-hour drive.

(Miami, FL August 1, 2016) - After Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission voted last week to approve a proposal that would increase the number of regulated chemicals from 54 to 92 allowed in rivers, streams and other sources of drinking water, the Miami City Commission unanimously voted to strongly oppose any amendments to the assessment methodology or the surface water quality standards which would increase the allowable limits of certain chemicals and carcinogens in surface waters in Florida.

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