CLEARWATER, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis hosted a press conference in Clearwater to announce the funding of innovative mitigation technologies that will help support red tide research.
Governor Ron DeSantis said he would commit to investing nearly $14 million for red tide funding in the fiscal year of 2022-2023.
The money will go to heavy research through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Mote Marine Laboratory also in addition to providing grants through the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the clean up of red tide.
DeSantis is joined by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton.
“Since my first week in office, I have been focused on protecting Florida’s environment. Not only do red tide blooms affect our coastal waterways, but impacts of blooms can also negatively impact businesses and decrease tourism. We will continue to proactively work with local partners to ensure Florida is at the forefront of innovative technologies to mitigate against harmful blooms.”