TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott for the first time said that he supports having the state acquire land to build a reservoir system south of Lake Okeechobee to help battle toxic algal blooms.
The governor also announced Monday that he wants state legislators to set aside $200 million this year to help repair the aging federally-operated dike that surrounds the lake.
Scott's decision to address Lake Okeechobee comes as legislators are considering a bill to deal with the so-called "guacamole" algae that fouled coastal waterways a year ago.
While Scott said he supports the reservoir system, he does not support having the state take private property.
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