Gov. Ron DeSantis toured the Tampa Bay region by boat Wednesday and pledged continued support for ongoing efforts to combat a red tide algae bloom killing marine life and impacting the region’s economy.
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The latest Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report shows that there is concentrations of Karenia Brevis, which is the bacteria that causes red tide, in Southern Sarasota County and it’s starting to inch its way north.
The daily sample map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) shows low- and medium- concentrations of red tide as far north as Venice Beach. The bloom stretches south to Lee and Collier counties, where some high concentrations can be found.
Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute said Friday that samples taken from the waters off the shore of Collier County found high concentrations of the toxic algae where they also received reports of dead fish and cases of respiratory irritation.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Thursday that establishes a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Mote Marine Laboratory to research the blooms that have killed wildlife, caused respiratory problems and hurt tourism.
With scallop season already underway in part of the state, there is concern for the future of the industry. It’s been nearly a year since red tide hammered throughout the Suncoast, affecting marine life, including scallops.
In the lawsuit, the groups claim that over the course of many years, Sarasota County has failed to maintain its sewage system. It says the infrastructure is aging and gets inundated very quickly, so not only is raw sewage spilling, but storm water as well, has been dumping into our waterways - way m