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Venice considers year-round ban on fertilizers to help end the Red Tide bloom

Posted at 6:10 PM, Sep 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-07 04:59:40-04

VENICE, Fla. — The Venice City Council will vote on an ordinance to ban nitrogen and phosphorous fertilizers. Some residents believe the chemicals get into the Gulf and feed the Red Tide.

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“I keep hearing the same thing from the scientists, it would be a good idea not to dump nutrients into the water,” said fisherman Rob Merlino.

Venice currently has a partial year ban on fertilizers, but this proposed ban would be year-round.

"I'd rather have a brown lawn and blue water than a green lawn and brown water,” said Merlino.

The Venice City Council will vote on the topic during its next meeting on Tuesday.