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Intersection: Algae, Gun Control And Sports In Brevard County

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Satellite image of Lake Okeechobee showing the cyanobacteria algae bloom. Image courtesy of NASA

Satellite photograph of Lake Okeechobee from July 2016, showing a large cyanobacteria algae bloom. Image courtesy of NASA

Blue Green Algae causes a stink in South Florida. Fingers are pointed, blame assigned. But how to stop this happening again? Central Floridians meanwhile are still nervous after the fish kill in spring in the Northern Indian River lagoon. Are Florida’s famed beaches doomed?

Democratic lawmakers in Florida fail to get the votes they need to call a special session to discuss gun control. Meanwhile their counterparts on Capitol Hill are also beating the drum for gun control. As the weeks tick on after the shooting at Pulse nightclub – was that massacre a turning point? Or just another mass killing to add to the list? Some lawmakers say the focus should be on mental health… not gun control. Is mental health the issue that needs attention?

Enterprise Florida, the agency whose job is to bring new jobs and business to the sunshine state is slimming down.

In Brevard County, the minor league Manatees team leaves for Osceola County and there’s debate over a new stadium in Titusville. Is Central Florida becoming a sports destination? Are new stadiums worth the investment for smaller cities?

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »