Toxic blue-green algae blooms prompt outdoor workers to wear masks near St. Lucie River

STUART — Everyone working outside at the Sovereign Yacht Sales boatyard Thursday was required to wear a breathing mask.

But about a mile down the South Fork of the St. Lucie River, on the Poppleton Creek Bridge, Joshua Gellman was pulling a mangrove snapper out of scummy green water.

Obviously, some people are taking the health threat of toxic blue-green algae in the St. Luce River quite seriously. Others, not so much.