[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you child is running a fever, there’s no mystery what to do. You make the child rest and take every necessary step to bring the child’s fever down. Entrusting Florida’s waters to reckless and ignorant elected officials is exactly the same as parental malpractice. It is like locking a child in a car parked at a mall parking lot while the parent goes shopping.
There is only one excuse for forgetting to take care of our waterways: that the campaign funders and politicians voters elected want it that way.
The mainstream media are filled with talking points like this: “State wild officials could not pinpoint the reason for the deaths of the fish recently.” Bullshit. The massive, horrendous, shocking and sad fish kills happening in and around the Indian River Lagoon represent the political corruption infecting the state of Florida.
Here are a few examples: regulations to provide numerical standards for mercury and sulfates in Florida waters? Never happened.
Regulation to allow local government to stop phosphorous and nitrogen pollution in Florida waters? State legislature and Gov. Rick Scott voted, no. Protection of coastlines from massive overdevelopment? Absolutely not. Support for the U.S. EPA to regulate contaminants and enforce against violations in Florida? No.