Red tide has been an environmental disaster, systematically killing marine life in SWFL coasts while dissuading tourist from visiting, which has cost businesses millions in revenue. The Florida government has allocated millions of tax payer money to find a solution to this complicated environmental problem.
A Sarasota laboratory is the next recipient to obtain capital from the state of Florida to find a lasting solution to the red tide problem. The state is tossing $2.2 million towards Mote Marine Laboratory to help fight red tide. $2.2 million of tax payer money.
That money will help with expanding Mote’s ozone treatment systems . The system was successful for getting rid of algae in the Sarasota area.
The treatment system injects ozone into the water and removes the red tide bacteria.
The money will also fund work done in a partnership between the state and scientists, along with contributing to new field testing of specialized clay.
This specialized clay may be an effective solution to fight off red tide.
So far, more than $14 million has been allocated to finding a solution to ride SWFL of its red tide epidemic. More than $7 million in grants has been distributed to Pinellas, Manatee, Charlotte, Collier, Sarasota, and Lee County to battle red tide.
HelloSWFL is working to learn more on exactly how the ozone treatment system works and why this clay is so special.
Learn more about state red tide funding here .