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Manatee County commissioner schedules White House meeting

Manatee County District 5 Commissioner Vanessa Baugh has been to the White House before, but when she goes this October, it will be after she had met with President Donald Trump.

She spent two-and-a-half hours with him in March at Lake Okeechobee, where he and other top-level officials discussed repairs needed on the earthen dam around the lake as well the impacts of its polluted waters.

When Baugh visits the White House again in October, she hopes to pick up their conversation. Red tide, an algal bloom caused by rapid growth of a microscopic algae called Karenia brevis, plagued the Sarasota and Manatee county coastlines in 2018 and early

President Donald Trump visited Lake Okeechobee in March to talk about repairs needed to its earthen dam and to improve water quality in the area. Courtesy photo.
2019, which killed sea life and caused health issues for some people exposed to it.