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Indian River Lagoon rally

On Aug. 3, thousands gathered near the St. Lucie Lock and Dam to protest releases of Lake Okeechobee water into the St. Lucie Estuary and Indian River Lagoon. From Facebook event to 5,000 attendees, the effort was a testament to the perseverance of area residents and the power of social media.


  1. Just a week after the Facebook event was posted, more than 2,000 people said they would attend.
  2. Supporters spread the word on social media: Come out and help us stop Lake O releases.
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  5. TCPalm reporter Laurie Blandford was one of the first to arrive at Phipps Park, the site of the rally. She found Capt. Mike Conner of Stuart, who set up his boat with his wife, Patty, to join the protest.
  6. Conner shared his rather unique message to Gov. Rick Scott with Blandford.
  7. Expecting thousands, rally organizers urged attendees to carpool and arrive early.
  8. According to columnist Rich Campbell, what did they forget to mention? 
  9. Protesters began to organize, setting up their signs and booths.