ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - The campaign trail is heating up for Florida's gubernatorial candidates. Saturday, Republican Ron DeSantis and Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum each made stops in the Bay Area and around the state.
Former Congressman Ron DeSantis and Tallahasse Mayor Andrew Gillum criss-crossed the Sunshine State Saturday with roughly 6 weeks left until election day.
"I want to see him take care of the waters," DeSantis support Andrea Stanford said. "And the environment."
Red tide and toxic algae continue to wreak havoc on Florida's marine life, especially in the Bay Area, and voters on both sides want a governor with a plan to help solve the problem.
"Things like red tide," DeSantis said. "We want to be able and tackle that with the best science."
"We didn't get here over night," Gillum said. "And it won't be solved over night, but we can begin by ensuring that we treat this water at higher level."
Gillum made his case to supporters at a rally in West Palm Beach, then joined Bill Nelson hours later at a dinner with Pinellas County Democrats in St. Pete, where he layed out his plan to fix Florida's water issues.
"I'm interested in making sure we allow science and not politics to be our guide," Gillum said. "And part of that means appointing folks with scientific backgrounds to our water management districts and getting off some of the political appointments that are there with no industry expertise."
Meanwhile, DeSantis met with researchers from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and later addressed supporters at a rally in Sarasota, where he revealed his plans to address the issue of clean water.
"The governor appoints people to the water management district so for me I'm going to ask people if they understand what the value of clean water is to our coastal communities and to the economies of the coast," DeSantis said. "And if you don't understand that then I'm not going to appoint you to the board."