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Businesses hurt by algae apply for loans

Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 14:51:39-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- At least 12 small Lee County businesses have applied for emergency bridge loans being offered by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

The loans are meant to help local businesses recover from algae-related economic damages.

All of these businesses are involved in industries like fishing, boating, restaurants and retail.

The application period runs through August 31st.

To see if a business is eligible or to complete an application by August 31, 2016 visit www.floridadisasterloan.org. For additional questions regarding local administration of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact representatives from the Florida Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).

Lee County: Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Email: sspecht@fgcu.edu
Phone: 239-745-3704.

Martin and St. Lucie Counties: Florida SBDC at Indian River State College.
Email: jhopkins@irsc.edu
Phone: 772-462-7069.

Palm Beach County: Florida SBDC at Palm Beach State College.
Email: scrutonp@palmbeachstate.edu
Phone: 561-862-4726