Red tide has been a big issue in the Tampa Bay area for months and there’s no sign when the crisis will end.
On Monday, the Venice city council and Venice Mayor John Holic will hold a special meeting to discuss a potential plan of action.
As the algae bloom heads north, it’s devastating beaches in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
Just a few weeks ago, the Gulf Coast beaches were packed with people enjoying the beautiful water. Now beaches are empty, the water is almost brown and more sea life is dying every day.
The red tide crisis is now a state of emergency, declared by the governor last week. That means Florida’s tourism agency will get $500,000 in an emergency grant. The goal of that money is to help communities promote travel to the areas that are most impacted.
Venice city council says it will try to do more. In the special meeting, they’ll discuss whether or not Mayor John Holic should ask federal officials for more research money to help with red tide.
The meeting is at city hall and starts at 9 a.m. It is open to the public.