$300,000. That’s how much Fort Myers Beach spent to clean up their beaches and canals from red tide.
“Other places perhaps to the north or south of us that are seeing red tide move to their areas,” Town Manager Roger Hernstadt said. “But in terms of Fort Myers Beach we’re sort of at the tail end of it and basically things have resumed to normal.”
Now, the town is getting that expensive price tag reimbursed by the county.
“The town spent $250,000 to deal with the fish kill associated with the red tide on the gulf side of the town,” Hernstadt said. “We also had some dead fish on the bay side which is where there are several canals that are the backyards of many of our residents.”
That took $50,000 to clean up.
Lee County will provide the $300,000 in grant money, which comes from the Lee County Tourist Development Council.
The state provided funds to Lee County to reimburse the money the town used to Lena up the dead floating fish in the canals.
“The reimbursement is extremely important because when we have these activities we don’t necessarily have money budget for these types of things,” Hernstadt said.
Hernstadt saint this puts them in a position to be able to respond quickly to other problems that could impact tourists, visitors, and businesses.
“It’s important that people understand that the impact of red tide at this point in this area is nominal and that they can come here an enjoy themselves,” Hernstadt said.