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Beach water testing likely up to Florida counties to pay for next year

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- Morganton N.C. residents Melissa Raymundo, 14, Carlos Raymundo and Amanda Raymundo, 5, left to right, play in the surf while visiting Bonita Beach on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.

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David Albers/Staff - Morganton N.C. residents Melissa Raymundo, 14, Carlos Raymundo and Amanda Raymundo, 5, left to right, play in the surf while visiting Bonita Beach on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.

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- Morganton N.C. residents Melissa Raymundo, 14, Carlos Raymundo and Amanda Raymundo, 5, left to right, play in the surf while visiting Bonita Beach on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.
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- A pair of pelicans and a pair of cormorants sit perched together on a dead tree at Lovers Key State Park on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.
  • Bonita Springs resident Jessica Hopkinson, right, leaves Bonita Beach with her daughter, 10-year-old Angela Hopkinson, as rain showers put an end to their trip to the beach on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.
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- A pair of beach-goers sit on Bonita Beach on Wednesday, July, 3, 2013, in Bonita Springs.

President Obama’s budget for 2013-14 proposes to save almost $10 million by doing away with the Environmental Protection Agency program that Florida relies on to distribute money to counties for beach water quality testing, leaving counties to fend for themselves.

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