Governor: Another $3M available to battle red tide
Rick Scott took aim at California's cash giveaway scheme.

Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday an additional $3 million in grant funding for communities impacted by red tide.

Over the past few months, Scott and the Department of Environmental Protection have rolled out algae-targeting grants in $3 million batches. The grand total to date: $9 million. That sum includes the $3 million announced in July to target blue-green algae outbreaks, along with $3 million announced last week for Gulf coast counties to battle red tide, a near-annual toxic species that has garnered national attention this season.

“We are using every resource available to support our communities impacted by red tide,” Scott said. “This $9 million in grant funding that DEP is providing to Southwest Florida counties will help get businesses and families back to work as they continue to recover from this year’s red tide.”

The money behind the red tide grants was unlocked after Scott declared a state of emergency over the issue earlier this month. The order enlists state assistance for Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The breakdown of money in each county so far, according to Scott’s office: $750,000 for Manatee County; more than $190,000 for Collier; $1.1 million for Sarasota; $3.17 million for Lee; and $700,000 for Martin.

Amid worry that this year’s algae outbreaks — both blue-green and red tide — could affect small businesses, Scott also approved an emergency loan program overseen by the Department of Economic Opportunity. Enterprises in areas plagued by blue-green algae have until Sept. 7 to apply for the loans. Those affected by red tide have until Oct. 12.

Danny McAuliffe

Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at dmcauliffe500@gmail.com.


One comment

  • MicheleRyan

    August 31, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    o start with, I will vote this election for candidates who prioritize citizens over illegal aliens (bet you thought that was a given …not anymore), those who oppose sanctuary cities, amnesty and taxpayer funded in state college tuition discounts for illegals. That means NO Democrats. Gallup poll- 57% of Democrats now view socialism positively, little changed from 2010 survey.

    https://news.gallup.com/…/democrats-positive-socialism…

    Liberal Democrat BILL NELSON and Socialist ANDREW GILLUM are running for Senate & Governor respectively. Nelson / Gillum both proudly supports abolishing ICE, sanctuary cities, amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, using taxpayer funds for illegal aliens & DACA. In addition, both are weak on border security and national defense.

    If you OPPOSE illegal immigration, taxpayer funds used for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, amnesty r Please VOTE NO for BILL NELSON & ANDREW GILLUM this November….we can’t afford anymore Democrats.
    The Cost-

    The current migration at our southern border is costing taxpayers a Kings Ransom. Not mentioned is 70% of children at the border arrive either alone or with a non parent. Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask for political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them nothing. So they make the long journey to our border, our giving liberals and our tax dollars.

    Just a few examples of the more outrageous costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children and grand children as has been passed on to us

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Taxpayer are currently funding college tuition & expenses discounts for illegal aliens in many states. Cost to taxpayers over a billion dollars annually.

    *Currently numerous Democrat city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported and to sue our own Government..

    *2016 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.

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