TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is providing an additional $4 million in grant funding to assist communities impacted by red tide.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott's office.
"This naturally-occurring algae can have unexpected and prolonged impacts on our Gulf Coast," Scott said. "That’s why we will not stop providing relief and resources to every impacted community dealing with red tide."
The funding is part of the grant program that was launched in July by the DEP. It has provided about $13 million in funding.
The amount given to counties since the red tide outbreak is:
- More than $1.3 million for Pinellas County
- $750,000 for Manatee County
- More than $190,000 for Collier County
- Nearly $1.5 million for Sarasota County
- $3.9 million for Lee County
- $700,000 for Martin County