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Governor DeSantis asks all members on South Florida Water Management District board to resign

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 09:57:34-05

A few hours after Governor DeSantis took his boat ride in Bonita Springs, he traveled to the East Coast to make his case that politics should take a step back when it comes to addressing blue green algae.

“These are issues that really don’t fall along party lines. These are things that people from all political persuasions understand the importance of our water resources to Florida’s beauty, our economic way of life, and our future,” DeSantis said.

During the meeting, he asked for all the members on South Florida Water Management District's board to resign. Rick Barber and Jaime Weisinger both represent Southwest Florida on the board. I tried reaching out to them by phone and showing up to the office, but have not heard anything back.

Organizations like Captains for Clean Water and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida gave their support for DeSantis' decision.

“We told the governor today that we want people in those seats that actually understand what’s happening on the water and how this issue is affecting the businesses and issues in South Florida," said Daniel Andrews, Executive Director of Captains for Clean Water.

DeSantis said he was responding to multiple groups making calls for their resignation.

“With so many organizations that have called for their resignation, I think it shows that the governor was listening to what we asked for," Andrews said.