Be Careful Around Southwest Florida’s Beaches and Waterways

Be Careful Around Southwest Florida’s Beaches and Waterways
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A 90ᴼ Pivot From a Prior Article. For the Time Being.

In the previous article in this series (A Walk on Florida’s Beaches. Or Not. Or Maybe.) the beauty and economic value of Florida’s coastline was discussed in the context of public beach access. Since that article, another story has occupied the ‘front pages’. That is the red tide in the Gulf of Mexico and the toxic blue-green algal bloom currently occupying much of waterways in and around Southwest Florida. 1

Southwest Florida is an area of sun, fun, tourism, and retirees. And typically an abundant source of seafood. The toxic effects of red tide is harming sea life along the Gulf. And the blue-green algae bloom is affecting inland waterways. The algae bloom is also known to emit a potent odor which can be troublesome to people. This year’s outbreak has been large in terms of size and impact. 2 Click the link to see an impact map. Follow this link to monitor the outbreak’s effects

This year’s red tide and blue-green algal outbreak are also affecting the state’s economy. 3 But only on a temporary basis. While the source of the outbreak are being studied, it is subject to nature, and will be affected by the passage of time and changing weather patterns. 4 In the meantime, Florida’s government is monitoring and addressing the situation. In early July, the Governor declared a state of emergency in the principally affected counties.

Florida’s residents and businesses are and will continue to be resilient. Science will develop means and methods to predict and respond to this and future outbreaks. Businesses will function to implement those remedial measures. And social and political policies will emerge through the branches of government to support these restorative efforts.

While the source of the outbreak are being studied, it is subject to nature, and will be affected by the passage of time and changing weather patterns.

As a practical matter, this outbreak is a timely reminder to proactively check one’s own business and personal responsive resources such as the maintenance of mechanical systems (including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems), the procurement and renewal of business interruption and health insurance, and identifying secondary material goods resources.

And wait for the tide to turn. Literally.

1 See https://floridadep.gov/dear/algal-bloom

2 This writer has seen a Gulf of Mexico red tide outbreak in the past. It was, to say the least, formidable.

3 For an outline of the economic effects see https://start1.org/red-tide/effects/

4 See See http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/faq/

– For more information, call Philip N. Kabler of the Gainesville, FL office of Bogin, Munns & Munns at 352.332.7688, where he practices in the areas of business, banking, real estate, and equine law. He has taught business and real estate law courses at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration and Levin College of Law and is the President-Elect of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.

NOTICE: The article above is not intended to serve as legal advice, and you should not rely on it as such. It is offered only as general information. You should consult with a duly licensed attorney regarding your Florida legal matter, as every situation is unique. Please know that merely reading this article, subscribing to this blog, or otherwise contacting Bogin, Munns & Munns does not establish an attorney-client relationship with our firm. Should you seek legal representation from Bogin, Munns & Munns, any such representation must first be agreed to by the firm and confirmed in a written agreement.

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