[Tallahassee, Fla] Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will provide an additional $3 million to counties impacted by red tide off the Gulf Coast. This brings the total grant funding for southwest Florida counties to $9 million. $3 million is designated for counties impacted by the blue-green algae, and $6 million is designated for counties impacted by red tide.
With newly-designated funds included, DEP has allotted the following grant funding:
- More than $190,000 for Collier County
- A total of $3.17 million for Lee County
- $750,000 for Manatee County
- $700,000 for Martin County
- $1.1 million for Sarasota County
For the latest information regarding red tide, please visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s red tide tracking page. You can also call 866-300-9399 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and listen to a recording about the latest red tide conditions.