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When toxic blue-green algae shut down beaches and businesses on the Treasure Coast in 2016, it prompted a political and economic crisis throughout the state.

 

CBS4 News spent a year tracking the causes of the algae bloom and how the ensuing debate pitted hard-pressed communities against one another.

 

Watch the entire special here

 

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RELATED WEB VIDEO EXTRAS

 

Former U.S. Attorney Dexter Lehtinen

 

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Former Governor Charlie Crist

 

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Lifelong Gladesman Marshall Jones shows how cattails in the Everglades are used to clean the water of phosphorous and can be used as a bandage if you are hurt.

 

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John Campbell, Spokesman for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

 

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush

 

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Florida Crystals invited CBS4 News to document their process of harvesting and milling sugar at their Okeelanta facility south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agriculture Area.

 

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Former Governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham

 

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The Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) is the winter crop capital of the United States, with more than a billion dollars in crops grown south of Lake Okeechobee every year. The following map shows some of those crops:

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ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

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Facing South Florida: The Everglades: Where Politics, Money and Race Collide (full show)

 

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If you’d like to send Jim DeFede an email about his special report, you can email him at jdefede@cbs.com.

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