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Large turnout for clean water protest

August 8, 2018
Special to The Eagle ( , Pine Island Eagle

Nearly 200 supporters turned out for the Save Our Water protest on the Matlacha Bridge Sunday, Aug. 5. Organized by Pine Island ROAR (Rise Up, Organize, Agitate, Resist), the event was also supported by the South Florida Clean Water Movement, and the local civic associations.

As one protester said, "This is not a partisan issue. Florida voters of all persuasions have repeatedly voted by large majorities to buy conservation land south of Lake Okeechobee, restore the natural flow to the Everglades, and stop toxic discharges into our rivers. We demand Tallahassee comply with the will of the Florida voters."

Organizers of the protest said, tourism, fishing and the Southwest Florida way of life is seriously being damaged by this combination of red tide and blue green algae closing the beaches, poisoning our marine life and affecting human health. Water quality is a state responsibility, and it's the job of our elected representatives in Tallahassee to restore clean water to south Florida.

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A protester on the Matlacha Bridge.




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