Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency over red tide

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency over red tide

Red tide prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to declare a state of emergency in seven of the state's counties: Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas. "I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its bad impacts", he said.

Under Scott's July emergency order, the DEP provided $1.3 million in grant funding to Lee County to help clean up the affects of red tide.

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Florida sees red tide - an algae outbreak that can kill marine life and sicken humans - almost every year, but the current flare-up has become severe enough to warrant a state of emergency declaration from Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

"While we fight to learn more about this naturally-occurring phenomenon, we will continue to deploy all state resources and do everything possible to make sure that Gulf Coast residents are safe and area businesses can recover", added Scott.

In humans, red tide can cause respiratory irritation, Weisberg said, but it's usually temporary unless the person suffers from severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma or chronic lung disease.

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County health departments, according to Scott's office, are actively posting signage warning beachgoers and boaters of red tide-affected areas. Researchers also continue to study whether pollution and human activity may be intensifying the effects of red tide.

A scientist from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) took samples of waters near of Ft.

Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. "We are looking for signature types of nitrogen, like those in the lake, to see if they scoot right through and into the Gulf, where the red tide is". Piles of dead fish have been found along the West Coast of Florida.

Two state agencies, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, already have provided $100,000 in additional funding to Mote to support efforts to rescue dolphins, sea turtles and manatees impaired by the Red Tide's toxins.

Gretchen Lovewell, Mote Marine Lab's program manager for the team that investigates dead and stranded animals (C) and stranding technician, Jessica Blackburn take a break from a necropsies of a Loggerhead (L) and Kemp's Ridley turtle in Sarasota, Florida, August 7, 2018.

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