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Federal Action Sought For Florida Coastline Tainted By Algae

Water full of algae laps along the Sewell's Point shore on the St. Lucie River under an Ocean Boulevard bridge, Monday, June 27, 2016. The Martin County Commission decided at an emergency meeting Tuesday to ask state and federal authorities to declare a disaster where blue-green algae has closed beaches. County officials on Florida's Atlantic coast want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close the locks between Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River.  (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)

Officials want federal action along a stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast where the governor has declared a state of emergency over algae blooms. The blue-green algae is the latest contaminant in yearslong arguments over water flowing from Lake Okeechobee, which is critical to South Florida's water supply and flood control systems. The Martin County Commission is inviting the president to view deteriorating water conditions that local officials blame on freshwater being released from the lake, according to a statement released Wednesday.

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Gainesville Storm Safety Website Goes Live

Hurricane Andrew in 1992

Gainesville has launched a new website called SafeGNV.org that centralizes updates on weather, traffic and emergency information during hurricane season. The site, which is designed to be a central online and mobile information source, is part of Citizen Centered Gainesville's initiative promoting safety and storm preparedness.

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