CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Much of Florida's west coast is under a State of Emergency due to red tide, but now Charlotte County is under a local state of emergency as well.
The Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners made the declaration on Tuesday.
That means business owners in Charlotte County who have been economically impacted by red tide will be allowed to apply for disaster loans for up to $50,000.
To learn more about small business bridge loans, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org.
On Monday, Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Gov. Scott’s declaration also included $100,000 for red tide research for Mote Marine Laboratory and $500,000 through VISIT FLORIDA for tourism marketing following the red tide bloom.