WHAT IS THIS IN OUR KEYS COASTAL WATERS?

My name is Mike Tinnell. I have lived in the Keys since 1982 and have boated in the back country on a regular basis for at least 38 years. I am extremely familiar with the waters out here. About 5 years ago, I noticed some significant changes in the visible water quality. I started taking videos of the water quality changes, when they appeared to be increasing and persistent. The attached videos were taken by me on the dates indicated. What they show is very common out here now and I never saw it before 2015. It appears to be a type of foamy substance which sometimes is broken down into small particles, sometimes it looks like foam. I once measured the foamy plume; it was more than 4 miles long.

I don't know what this is, but it needs to be tested.                      FOLKs agrees, Thank you Mike.

We suggest playing these in "Full Screen Mode" to see the video better.

Thick film for miles
What is this thick goop???
Floating particulates of what???
3 mile plume
3 mile plume of scum

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FOLKs is a group of concerned residents who want to preserve the low-density community character of the Lower Keys. We oppose adding 1300 more ROGOs (building allocations) because they undermine 30+ years of science-based and court-approved growth limitations for the Keys. Hurricane evacuation becomes more dangerous and everyday traffic unbearable. Our fragile environment cannot stand more development: the marine ecosystem is continuing to deteriorate even without additional development. We say NO to 1300 more ROGOs!

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