Saturday, February 16, 2019
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DEO launched Rebuild Florida which will connect eligible Floridians with federal disaster recovery funding, prioritizing most-impacted communities and the most vulnerable low-income individuals, including the elderly, those with disabilities and families with young children.
On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the state of Florida was sending almost $2.2 million to help expand the Mote Marine Laboratory’s Ozone Treatment System which is leading the fight against red tide as it continues to hurt the Sunshine State. 
Buses will load up Saturday morning across the state to make the trek to Palm Beach County. 
With toxic algae continuing to plague the Treasure Coast, freshman U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is urging congressional leadership to bring bills to the floor for votes. On Thursday, Mast called on U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to...
With these latest funds, DEP has sent $13 million in grants to help Floridians hurt by red tide. 
“This stocking effort will support and sustain local redfish populations and address concerns regarding impact of red tide on marine fisheries along the coast of Southwest Florida.”
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.” 
Those funds represent 90 percent of the $2.15 million used to clean up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma a year ago. 
Scott had been updated about the hurricane by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and talked to the governors of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia to offer assistance. 
With this week marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Irma hitting the Keys, leaders at the federal and state level headed to Monroe County to focus on how the area is recovering and preparing for future hurricanes.