Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order for Red Tide

Federico Mansilla
Agosto 14, 2018

VISIT FLORIDA will also create a $500,000 emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide.

In a statement, Scott said he wants to continue to combat the issue of red tide with great enthusiasm.

Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-221 declaring a state of emergency, due to impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Part of the order provides for additional biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to "assist in clean-up and animal rescue efforts".

More than $100,000 in additional funding to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to increase its response to red tide impacts.

Executive order 18-221 will allocate $1.5 million in funds to state agencies, including $100,000 to Mote Marine Laboratory to assist local scientists in saving distressed animals, $500,000 to the stats's public/private marketing arm Visit Florida to combat the disgusting images of dead fish, and $900,000 to Lee County to actually clean up the dead fish.

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This year's red tide crisis has attracted national attention.

Unlike July's emergency order aimed at curbing the state's blue-green algae bloom stemming from Lake Okeechobee, today's announcement focuses on Florida's other disgusting algae problem, red tide.

"While we fight to learn more about this naturally-occurring phenomenon, we will continue to deploy all state resources and do everything possible to make sure that Gulf Coast residents are safe and area businesses can recover", added Scott.

County health departments, according to Scott's office, are actively posting signage warning beachgoers and boaters of red tide-affected areas.

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