Mote Marine

COMMENTARY

It’s a sin what we’ve done to Florida’s seagrass

BY: - August 5, 2021

The news reports around where I live in St. Petersburg have been greatly concerned with weights and measures recently. It’s an effort to quantify the horror of the ongoing red tide algae bloom by recounting the staggering amount of the sea life that has turned up dead: 500 tons! Three million pounds! 1,711 tons! And […]

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Is FL facing another Summer of Slime? Thank Gov. DeSantis and do-nothing Legislature

BY: - April 29, 2021

Sometimes I wonder what it was like to be one of the early Spanish explorers of Florida, back when you could see it in all its swampy, bug-infested, gator-bellowing glory. I can’t help but wonder about their reaction the first time they noticed the waters of what we now call the Gulf of Mexico had […]

Politicians’ pledges to tackle red tide eco-disaster ends at the Legislature with… wait for it… another task force

BY: - April 30, 2019

Despite political promises on the campaign trail about solving the massive red tide outbreaks that littered Florida’s shores with dead sea creatures and scared away tourists last year, the state Legislature ended up passing a bill that sets up a task force to study the perennial problem. The bill specifically names the private Mote Marine […]

All that talk about solving Florida’s horrible algae outbreaks? Legislature comes up short so far

BY: - April 2, 2019

Florida made national news last year when nasty algae outbreaks fouled the coasts and sent dead sea creatures washing ashore. The environmental crisis was a campaign issue during the fall election, as pricey waterfront mansions suddenly overlooked green, stinking waterways and tourists fled beaches because of dead fish and harmful fumes. Politicians promised to attack […]