Originally published on August 29, 2018 in the Georgetown Environmental Law Review Online: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/environmental-law-review/blog/a-blooming-problem-how-florida-could-address-the-causes-and-effects-of-red-tide/
I.An algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico is wreaking havoc on Florida’s economy and environment. An effective state and local response can help provide a solution.
Florida’s southwest coast, once a haven to wildlife and tourists alike, is experiencing one of the worst red tides in recent memory. Red tides, harmful algae blooms (“HABs”) which often have a red hue which affect both inland and coastal waterways, are common occurrences in Florida, but they have increased in both intensity and frequency in recent years. This blog post will discuss the problems that red tides pose to communities in Florida and the legal structures that could help provide a solution to this growing problem.