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"Guacamole-thick algae" washes ashore on the beaches of the state that the governor ironically promotes as "the world's top tourist destination." And a huge swath of Lake Okeechobee is covered in lurid green slime, visible from space.


A long time ago our political leaders saw clearly that Florida was headed down an unsustainable path. "Ecological destruction in Florida is nothing less than economic suicide," declared Gov. Reubin Askew in 1971.