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Scott Puts Another $3 Million Toward Red Tide Efforts

Gov. Rick Scott, undated.
Gov. Rick Scott

Governor Rick Scott is directing an additional $3 million dollars to fight red tide in five of Florida’s most-affected counties. That brings grant funding to fight algae to a total of $9 million.

A Florida Department of Environmental Protection grant program created in July is supporting efforts to remove toxic algae in Southwest Florida. With those funds, $6 million will go toward fighting red tide and another $3 million for blue green algae. The funds will benefit algae removal in Collier, Sarasota, Manatee, Lee and Martin Counties.

Scott declared a state of emergency in the face of the current algae crisis in August. The Governor says he is using “every resource available” to help.

Ryan Dailey is a reporter/producer for WFSU/Florida Public Radio. After graduating from Florida State University, Ryan went into print journalism working for the Tallahassee Democrat for five years. At the Democrat, he worked as a copy editor, general assignment and K-12 education reporter.