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Senate Committee hears about Kings Bay cleanup while environmentalists protest in Tampa

Art Jones, president-elect of the Kings Bay Rotary Club, shows the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation lyngbya algae removed from Kings Bay. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A Senate committee on Thursday heard about a volunteer effort to remove algae from Kings Bay while some environmental groups used a federal hearing in Tampa to criticize the state on water quality.

Meanwhile, three water management districts have submitted proposed springs restoration projects totaling more than $43 million. A Florida Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman said a list of possible projects is being developed should funding become available.

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