Many of us live in Southwest Florida due to the climate, water, and wide access to natural areas. Our quality of life and our economy depend on a healthy and vibrant environment.

Lately the headlines have been dominated by disturbing news. The red tide has been responsible for the closure of local beaches and possible health problems. Blue-green algae invade the area’s waterways, killing fish. Lake Okeechobee releases polluted water with agricultural runoff.

Thus, FOX 4 is launching a special project to focus on these and other environmental issues, with the aim of helping to raise awareness of the crisis and seek solutions.

We call this project Protecting Paradise.

You’ll see multiple stories per week across all of our streaming and digital platforms. We will share stories on our social media pages and update special sections in our app and on our website: Fox4now.com/protectingparadise

The reports will highlight immediate issues such as the recent red wrinkle epidemic and algae crisis, as well as long-term challenges such as growth and development that could negatively impact natural areas, wildlife and the waterways of southwest Florida.

And we want to hear from you. Tell us about an environmental issue that impacts your lifestyle, your business, or your health. We also want to hear positive stories about people or groups making an impact in your area.

Together, we can make a difference to protect our paradise.

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