Florida declares war on Georgia over water
Governor Rick Scott, joined by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and U.S. Representative Steve Southerland, on Tuesday announced that the State of Florida will file a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Georgia’s unchecked and growing consumption of water.
State officials contend the excessive water use — long blamed for the declining water quality of Apalachee Bay and the imminent demise of the region’s oyster industry — is threatening the economic future of Apalachicola.
Scott said the state would file the lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court in September. He made the announcement following a tour of Apalachicola Bay Tuesday with Sen. Rubio, several area legislators and elected officials.