WHAT THE MUCK?
As you probably already know, Brevard County commissioners recently rejected the lagoon funding plan proposed by the Citizen Oversight Committee, citing too much money allocated towards muck removal projects. While Brevard residents overwhelmingly support the half-percent sales tax for lagoon restoration, opinions on how this money is best spent could not be more divided. Why are efforts focussed more on muck removal then infrastructure? Why not just flush the lagoon? Are new septic systems still really being installed? How are the lagoon restoration funds being spent and why?
Everyone has questions. To be sure, it’s a complex situation that carries high stakes; one for which personal emotions often run high. Fortunately, there’s a great opportunity TODAY to get answers from the myriad local organizations, institutions, and individuals that have been working hard to help effectively guide restoration efforts. This free forum, “Straight Talk: Sewage Systems, Septics and Muck in Our Lagoon,” is hosted by Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, Marine Resources Counsel and FIT, on February 26th from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Gleason Performing Arts Center. Learn more on the event Facebook page here.
Red Tide Free!
There’s positive news on another ecological front — FWC reports that Karenia Brevis algae was not present in ANY water samples collected around the state this past week. This is the first time all of Florida’s water samples tested red tide free since September of 2017!