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Updated: 05/04/2014 08:00:01AM

Diving into lake cleanup history

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PHOTO PROVIDED BY DAVID TOMASKO

The thick muck on the Sunrise Waterway at the Gertrude Avenue bridge in January 2012.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY DAVID TOMASKO

The algal bloom as it appeared in May 2011, on the Sunrise Waterway at the Gertrude Avenue bridge crossing.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY DAVID TOMASKO

The algal bloom as it appeared in May 2011, on the Sunrise Waterway at the Gertrude Avenue bridge crossing.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

These days, water quality is visibly improved at the north end of Sunshine Lake, previously one of the worst spots of algae contamination.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — While Charlotte County has grappled with the algae contamination of Sunshine Lake/Sunrise Waterway with mixed results, waterfront homeowners have lived and breathed the issue for the past five years. Some residents have endured skin rashes and respiratory problems due to the smell and acrid odor.

At an April 22 meeting in Parkside, the scientific community and neighborhood residents converged to hear the latest on an upcoming water-testing program and to rehash events leading up to the environmental crisis.

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