The county has a grant agreement in place with DEP for reimbursement of $1.3 million to assist with red tide cleanup. The state funds are being supplemented by Tourist Development Tax reserves.
A large coastal red tide bloom has plagued the Southwest Florida coast in recent weeks, stretching from Collier County all the way up to Manatee County.
At the same time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been releasing excess water from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River, which empties into San Carlos Bay in Lee County. That water has led to the appearance of green and blue-green algae in the waters of Cape Coral and North Fort Myers.