Contractors in Manatee County are beginning the grueling task of cleaning up thousands of dead sea life piling up in neighborhood canals and waterways after being killed by red tide.
County leaders announced last week that $500k has been set aside for out of town contractors to help combat the ride tide issue.
Officials say the situation has never been this bad for this long in neighborhoods and that’s why they are stepping in to help. Families have been suffering from the overpowering smell of rotting fish.
The contractors will have to use nets to scoop up the sea life because many areas are too small for heavy machinery to fit.
Crews surveyed the hardest hit waterways over the weekend and are working to get to those areas.
Officials weren’t’t able to provide a timeline or list of neighborhoods but said crews will continue cleanup efforts until the job is done.
So far more than 150 tons of dead marine life has been removed from beaches and waterways in Manatee County.
The Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department is looking for volunteers to join two red tide cleanup events this week at Palma Sola Causeway and Perico Preserve. For more information about their efforts and others’, click the links below.