Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for several counties suffering from the impacts of a prolonged red tide.
According to the governor’s declaration, red tide is a naturally occuring algae that appears almost every year on Florida’s Gulf Coast. However, the tide is toxic and it has been killing thousands of marine animals, leaving beaches and shorelines covered with dead wildlife.
With Scott’s emergency declaration, the state will be able to dedicate more funding and resources to the communities suffering from the effects of the red tide “so we can combat its terrible impacts.”