The longest red tide outbreak for the west coast of Florida in over a decade is killing wildlife and hurting business and tourism on the Gulf shores of the Sunshine State.
The red tide is affecting nearby businesses and much larger marine life than what usually suffers from the toxic algae. People aren’t heading to the beach or restaurants because the normally crystal clear water is murky, and the smell of rotting fish reeks.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in August for seven counties and allocated half a million dollars to the state’s tourism marketing corporation to help local communities bring in visitors, as well as $900,000 to Lee County to clean up the affected areas.
Source: Accu Weather