LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- County Commissioners have extended two local state of emergencies as they assess the results of a blue-green pilot program.
At Tuesday's meeting, Lee County commissioners extended state of emergencies for an Algae Blooms Resolution and for a Harmful Algal Blooms and Drift Macroalgae Resolution.
Staff also provided an update on the blue-green pilot program, in which $700,000 has been spent, with DEP reimbursing the costs.
Staff says that the recovery phase of the program is completed, and they are working on processing the algae-water slurry.
A Fox 4 photographer documented thick green algae in a North Fort Myers canal on Tuesday.
The county also has an agreement with DEP to be reimbursed for $1.3 million in red tide clean-up costs.
Another $1 million has been authorized for a post-crisis marketing campaign, funded from the Tourist Development Tax reserves.