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Red tide issues discussed by governor candidates

Posted at 1:07 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-24 13:07:52-04

Former congressman Ron DeSantis and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum toured across the sunshine state Saturday with roughly six weeks left until election day. 

Red tide and toxic algae continue to wreak havoc on Florida's marine life, especially in the bay area. And voters on both sides want a governor with a plan to help solve the problem.

DeSantis says, "Things like red tide, we want to be able to tackle that with the best science."

Gillum says, "We didn't get here overnight and it won't be solved overnight, but we can begin by ensuring that we treat this water at a higher level."

Gillum made his case to supporters at a rally in West Palm Beach. Then, joining Bill Nelson hours later at a dinner with Pinellas County democrats in St. Pete, laying out his plan to fix Florida's water issues.

Gillum says, "I'm interested in making sure that we allow science and not politics to be our guide.  And part of that means appointing folks with scientific backgrounds to our water management districts and getting off some of the political appointments that are there with no industry expertise."

Meanwhile, DeSantis meeting with researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and later addressing supporters at his rally in Sarasota, revealing his plans to address the issue of clean water.

DeSantis says, "The governor appoints people to the water management district.  So for me, I'm going to ask people if they understand what the value of clean water has to our coastal communities and to the economies of the coast.  And if you don't understand that then I'm not going to appoint you to the board."