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Kids write letters to Governor Rick Scott on water crisis

Posted at 10:32 PM, Aug 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-25 22:32:41-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla., -- Two brothers are writing letters to Governor Rick Scott, pleading for him to fix the Red Tide and green algae plaguing Florida's waters. 

“Are you going to be the one who saves the ocean or destroys it?," said Evan Papp, reading his letter to Scott aloud. 

Evan, 11, says he and his younger brother, Connor, 8, have had their summer ruined because of all the dead fish. As lovers of the ocean, they decided to put pen to paper and do something about it. 

“How much I missed from this, how much it’s killing, how it’s killing the tourism industry on this side.”

Evan says he made a deal with his parents this year to get perfect grades in return for a charter trip out on Fort Myers Beach. His mother showed Fox 4 the straight A's he received on his report card, however, he never did get a chance to take that trip due to the Red Tide.  

“He worked all year and when it came time to cash in, there was nothing left," said Evan's dad. 

Evan and Connor want others to start writing letters too, in the hopes that change will happen soon. 

Officials reported earlier this week that 2,000 tons of dead marine life have been collected throughout Florida.