Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, weighed in on the study on Monday, saying gas prices should continue to drop in Florida in the days to come. 
From his seat on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., praised the decision to fund the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering Research and Development Center to, according to the congressman’s office, “identify and develop technology to detect prevent and manage red tide and other HABs, including the blue-green algae bloom smothering Lake Okeechobee.” 
U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite being in his first term in Congress, wrote to U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., on the matter, urging him to match the Senate’s appropriation level which is an increase of $1.5 million.
AAA released a study on Monday which found that, at the start of this week, gas prices averaged $2.77 a gallon in Florida, down three and a half cents from the week before and ten cents below the national average. 
This week, Gov. Rick Scott announced $1.5 million in Competitive Florida Partnership and Community Planning Technical Assistance grants for small and rural communities across Florida. The grants administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will assist small and...
Prices rose for a moment on Tuesday but fell back in line after fears of the storm’s impact on oil production in the Gulf faded. 
Florida PSC Julie Brown was named to the task force due to her experience on helping Florida utilities prepare for hurricanes and deal with the aftermath of their impact. Puerto Rico is still feeling the impact of Hurricane Maria last year.
Scott announced on Friday that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is sending another $3 million to help Floridians impacted by red tide, raising the total sent to that area to $9 million. 
They are cosponsoring U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s, D-Oreg., “Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act” which declares the HAB problem an “Event of National Significance” and “would trigger disaster-like funding for affected communities.”
Along with staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management Division and local officials, Rubio toured the St. Lucie Lock and Dam. After the tour on Thursday, the Florida Republican weighed in on the matter.