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Governor Scott announces grant for red tide on Florida's east coast

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 18:42:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Counties along the east coast of Florida will receive a grant to help mitigate the effects of red tide.  

On Thursday, Governor Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is offering $3 million in grants to St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade.

“In Florida, when presented with problems, we work together and face them head on – red tide is no different,” Scott said.  

This investment comes after Scott declared a state of emergency due to the impacts of red tide in August. 

DEP and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have been in contact with each impacted county to ensure they have the resources needed to fight red tide. DEP and FWC continue to monitor for red tide along Florida’s coasts, and are prepared to provide resources to the east and southwest coasts, as needed. 

This grant was launched in July by DEP, which has provided a total of $16 million in funding for red tide and blue-green algae.