Governor Rick Scott declared a state of Emergency Aug. 13 for seven southwest Florida counties currently impacted by a lingering toxic red tide algae bloom crisis. The bloom, which has persisted since last fall, now stretches some 150 miles between Naples and Anna Maria Island and appears to be moving north.
A Republican candidate in the race for a Southwest Florida State House district resigned today after admitting Monday that she had lied about her college credentials. The resignation comes just days after the withdrawn candidate, Melissa Howard, lied about earning her college degree and posted a photo online of a fraudulent diploma.
Florida’s Democratic candidates for governor fielded questions ranging from Florida’s water woes and the political influence of the sugar industry to public education funding and school safety during Wednesday night’s debate at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. This fourth debate was the first to include all five democratic frontrunners.