Carl Hiaasen: It’s summer, and here comes the slime


Polluted overflow from Lake O fouls surrounding areas. (Source: The Miami Herald)


The floodgates are open. Here comes the slime.

Grab your paddleboards and kayaks, and run the other way.

This is not a cheesy horror movie — it’s true-life horror on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

If you live on the estuary in Stuart, or along the St. Lucie River, summer time is algae time. This year, the ribbons of goop have arrived early.

The discharges go on day after day, week after week — perhaps the most massive, long-term act of pollution in the country, and it’s committed annually by the government. No president, including Barack Obama, has made a priority of stopping it.

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