On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott announced the state is sending $3 million to counties hurt by red tide.
Scott is having the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) send funds to impacted counties. Lee County in Southwest Florida will be getting the bulk of the funds, around $2 million, with $750,000 headed to Manatee County, $190,000 to Collier County and almost $100,000 to Sarasota County.
“Today I am directing DEP to provide an additional $3 million in grant funding to support our local communities as they respond to these damaging blooms,” Scott said on Wednesday. “As we provide this funding, Visit Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity are continuing to support impacted businesses. We will continue to do everything we can to support the communities and businesses impacted by red tide.”
Last week, Scott called a state of emergency for the counties impacted by red tide. He is also seeking federal help. Earlier in the week, Scott asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue an Economic Injury Disaster Declaration to help businesses dealing with red tide. Scott’s office sent out a released on Tuesday afternoon about the new request to the SBA for a Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) declaration.
Last month, DEP sent $3 million to counties impacted by toxic algae. Scott has also reached out to the SBA to help businesses hurt by the toxic algae.
Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.