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Vern Buchanan touts fight against red tide in new ad

Republican U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan is out with a new ad touching on the red tide outbreak affecting Southwest Florida.

Titled, “Red Tide,” the 30-second spot touts Buchanan as the ideal candidate to tackle the red tide issue as he attempts to defend his seat in Florida’s 16th Congressional District.

“A pristine ocean is one of our region’s greatest treasures,” the ad’s narrator begins.

“But red tide is wreaking havoc on our community, threatening our health, marine wildlife and local economy. That’s why Congressman Vern Buchanan is leading the fight against red tide and toxic algae.

“Endorsed by Oceans Champions and the Humane Society, Vern understands that red tide is not a partisan issue, and we need all hands on deck to protect our quality of life.”

Back in 2007, Buchanan called for more federal funds to research algal blooms, such as the red tide. Earlier this year, Congress put forward $8 million as part of a bipartisan bill sponsored by Buchanan.

“People visit and move to Florida to enjoy our precious natural resources, especially a clean ocean,” Buchanan said.

“I will continue to fight for every last resource to combat red tide that has wreaked havoc on our economy, marine life, and environment.”

David Wilmot, president and co-founder of Oceans Champions, added a statement explaining why his group decided to back Buchanan over Democratic nominee David Shapiro.

“Congressman Buchanan has been leading the bipartisan fight against red tide and toxic algae,” Wilmot said.

“He understands what a clean ocean means to our economy, environment, and quality of life. We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the congressman and give him our full endorsement.”

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Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to ryan.t.nicol@gmail.com.

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