Scott for Florida Releases New Television and Digital Ad: “More Waiting, More Talk, More Algae”

ORLANDO, Fla. – Today, the Rick Scott for Florida campaign released a new television and digital ad, “More Waiting, More Talk, More Algae,” which highlights Bill Nelson’s 30-year history of inaction for Floridians on Lake Okeechobee.

In 1990, Bill Nelson gave voters his word when he pledged in a campaign ad “to save Lake Okeechobee and make polluters pay for the cleanup.” So let’s take a look at what he has done for the families surrounding Lake Okeechobee over the past three decades…

  • During his more than a decade of tenure in the U.S. House, Bill Nelson did not introduce any Everglades-related legislation.
  • During his decades of tenure in the U.S. Senate, Bill Nelson has failed to secure passage for twelve of the fourteen pieces of Everglades-related legislation he sponsored. The only two that did pass were lifetime achievement and anniversary resolutions – not real actions or solutions. (S.Res.265, Library of Congress, Passed the Senate 09/13/2011); (S.Res.392, Library of Congress, Passed the Senate 12/06/2007)

  • During Bill Nelson’s nearly 30 years in Congress, he has only sponsored one piece of legislation concerning algae that became law – a federal research program that is about to expire. (S. 1254, Library Of Congress, Signed Into Law 6/30/14; Introduced 6/27/13)
  • Since the current meeting of Congress began in January 2017, Bill Nelson has been the primary sponsor of only one Everglades-related bill, which still has zero co-sponsors and has not moved forward since being introduced more than a year ago. (S. 1234, Library of Congress, Introduced 05/25/2017)

Nearly 30 years later, and what does Nelson have to show for his pledge? A federally operated dike that has yet to be repaired and another summer of algal blooms affecting families and job creators around Lake Okeechobee.

Meanwhile, Governor Rick Scott has been fighting for Lake Okeechobee since his very first year in office, and has secured the following results:

  • Championed $100 million in state funding to jump start repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike;
  • Signed legislation to accelerate the EAA reservoir, which is now awaiting Congressional approval;
  • Received a commitment from the president’s administration to speed up repairs; and
  • Secured funding through the Army Corps of Engineers with a plan to complete Herbert Hoover Dike repairs by the Governor’s goal of 2022.

Watch the ad above and see the full script here:

Algae from Lake Okeechobee – polluting our waterways, making them an eyesore, reducing our quality of life.

Experts agree – Washington controls the Dike at Lake O, so they have to fix it. And so we wait for Washington.

Washington politician Bill Nelson made a pledge thirty years ago to solve this problem.

But Nelson is a talker, not a doer.

With Bill Nelson, we get more waiting, more talk, and more algae.

RICK SCOTT: I’m Rick Scott. I don’t wait for Washington, and I approve this message.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Paid for by Rick Scott for Florida. Approved by Rick Scott.