Floridians – Be Careful, Again. Red Tide Has Unfortunately Returned to Our Shores. And the Demise of the ‘”APS.”
This series has focused on certain topics relevant to Floridians. (Not exclusively on those topics, of course. See below.) And will continue to do so.
One of those topics has been the spread of red tide and algal blooms because of their harmful impacts of the state’s health and economy.1
Well, it has returned to our state’s southwest and northwest coasts.2 The propagation status on December 6, 2019 was described by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as follows:
A patchy bloom of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in some areas of Southwest Florida. Additional details are provided below.
- In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background and very low concentrations in Sarasota County, and background to medium concentrations in Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties. Bloom concentrations (>100,000 K. brevis cells per liter) were observed in 7 samples from estuarine sites in Charlotte and Lee counties, and 3 samples from coastal or inlet sites in Collier County. High concentrations (>1 million K. brevis cells per liter) were not observed over the past week. For additional information, view the Southwest Coast report and map.
- In Northwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Bay County. For additional information, view the Northwest Coast report and map.
- Along the Florida East Coast over the past week, K. brevis was not observed. For additional information, view the East Coast report and map.3
The red tide and algal bloom phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by Florida’s government. In August Governor DeSantis re-activated the Red Tide Task Force and appointed its members.4
In order to plan for health needs, property maintenance, travel, and business activities and dislocations, it is important for all Floridians to stay up-to-date on the spread and extent of the red tide and algal blooms, now and continuously until the blooms dissipate. There are a number of no-charge resources available. Examples are the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Stay attuned to this series for further on red tide and algal bloom developments. Even if you live and work inland or on the East Coast.
Now for an ‘important’ development in grammar (at least to a lawyer who works largely in the contract field and has a ‘side gig’ as a professor).
The Apostrophe Protection Society has been disbanded.5 The focus of the APS was:
The Apostrophe Protection Society was started in 2001 by John Richards with the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark in all forms of text written in the English Language.
Examples of improper apostrophe usage include:
setting out the three rules of use; first, to denote missing letters; second, to indicate possession except in the case of possessive adjectives such as “its” (not to be confused with it’s — see point one); and third, that apostrophes must never be used to indicate plurals.6
”The red tide and algal bloom phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by Florida’s government.
Be cautious, then, with the use of one’s pen, keyboard, and mouse. (Notice the proper use of the apostrophe in “one’s” in the prior sentence.)
1 See https://www.boginmunns.com/tag/red-tide-algae/
2 See https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/12/us/red-tide-southwest-florida-returns-2019/index.html, https://phys.org/news/2019-11-red-tide-grew-drastically-florida.html.
3 Ibid. See https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/. Note the links in the description.
4 See https://www.flgov.com/2019/08/02/governor-ron-desantis-announces-appointments-to-the-red-tide-task-force/. The following is a link to Executive Order 19-12: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/EO-19-12-.pdf.
5 See https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/us/apostrophe-protection-society-disbanded-trnd/index.html.
6 See https://www.ft.com/content/c70f0b46-162b-11ea-9ee4-11f260415385.
– 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.
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