Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency For Parts of Florida Related To Red Tide
By Fox News // August 14, 2018
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FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – A blanket of red tide along Florida’s Gulf Coast that’s killing marine life in addition to emptying normally packed beaches with an unrelenting stench has caused the state’s governor to declare a state of emergency for parts of the region.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s declaration covers Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, which will have “all state resources” deployed to ensure residents are safe and businesses can recover.
“As Southwest Florida and the Tampa Bay area continues to feel the devastating impacts of red tide, we will continue taking an aggressive approach by using all available resources to help our local communities,” Scott, a Republican, said in a statement.
“I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funding and resources to the communities experiencing red tide so we can combat its terrible impacts.”
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State of Emergency because of the toxic red tide! https://t.co/WbIwHlOVZi
— Brian Shields (@BShieldsWFTV) August 14, 2018
I called on the CDC to help with the algae & red tide crisis here in Florida. They just wrote back. Said they are ready to help but can’t until the state asks for it. What is going on? Why aren’t state leaders asking for help? This is a real crisis – we need all hands on deck! pic.twitter.com/JY81j8xT3d
— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 8, 2018
You afraid of red tide coming to Tampa Bay beaches? Here’s what we saw today on Anna Maria Island. All beaches open, people in water, north to south. No smell on Gulf side. Different story on inter coastal side. Thousands of dead fish floating and smelly.@TB_Times #flwx #RedTide pic.twitter.com/E7jLi8H0JM
— Scott Keeler (@SKeelerTimes) August 6, 2018
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission is responding to the ongoing #redtide event in #Florida. #Wildlife officers are encountering animals like whale sharks, #manatees, goliath grouper & more impacted by red tide’s effects: https://t.co/bNKnGRznP4 via @abcactionnews
— Defenders of Wildlife (@Defenders) August 12, 2018
— CNN (@CNN) August 14, 2018
Florida Gov. Scott issues state of emergency in response to this year’s excessive red tide, making additional biologists and scientists available to assist with clean-up and animal rescue efforts. https://t.co/HpaEiBDbLm pic.twitter.com/pd5asQ55Im
— ABC News (@ABC) August 14, 2018
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