Rep. Gayle Harrell visits REALTORS® of St. Lucie County

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     During the REALTORS® of St. Lucie County weekly “Marketing Madness” networking breakfast this past Thursday, we were honored to have State Representative Gayle Harrell take the time to speak to our members and affiliates. Representative Harrell’s District 83 includes the southern portion of St. Lucie County and northern Martin County, areas that have become ground zero for the Blue-Green Algae crisis. After touching on her own experience working in Real Estate she wasted no time getting to the question on everyone’s mind, “how are these algae blooms going to affect my livelihood?”

     Representative Harrell gave a personal testimony on her visits to numerous marinas and waterways that have been layered with the potentially toxic sludge. She then spoke about how the crisis is negatively affecting the tourism industry and how that applies to Realtors®. “Some of these tourists on vacation like our area so much, they decide they want to move here!” she remarked before delving into possible local, state and federal solutions. During a question and answer session with Realtor® members, she brought up Governor Rick Scott’s Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Cleanup Initiative. This voluntary program is meant to encourage residents to move from septic tanks to local sewer systems with the hope of limiting excess nutrient pollution from septic tank seepage.

     At the end of the meeting, President-Elect John Slivon along with Past President and current Florida Realtors® Director Anthony Gambardella presented Representative Harrell with a RPAC contribution for her reelection campaign. We’d like to again thank Rep. Harrell for stopping by and meeting our members. To see the full roster of candidates RAPB supports, click on the County Rosters tab on the top right of your screen.