Joe Negron

Florida may spend millions battling stinky algae blooms

Amid a growing outcry — and national headlines — about a massive algae bloom fouling Florida's southern beaches and rivers, Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday promised to dedicate millions more to battle the problem.

Scott announced that he would ask the Florida Legislature to set aside money that would be used for a grant program to aid homeowners who voluntarily want to switch from septic tanks to central sewer systems. He also pledged to set aside money in 2017 to help communities around the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River build new wastewater systems.

Scott's promise won't do anything in the near future to remedy the algae bloom that put a smelly...