As Florida’s toxic algae bloom crisis grows, some point finger at Gov. Scott

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — As toxic algae blooms ravage Florida’s coastline for the third consecutive summer, progressive environmentalists are accusing Gov. Rick Scott of contributing to the crisis through his administration’s deregulatory agenda.

Throughout his two terms, Scott has sought to foster economic growth by eliminating or curtailing many of the state’s growth management and environmental protection functions. 

His critics point specifically to the abolition of the Department of Community Affairs and the downsizing of the Department of Environmental Protection’s enforcement division as touchstone events that have allowed developers and agricultural interests to send polluted water to Lake Okeechobee, which in turn has helped trigger the algae blooms.

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