CLEARWATER, Fla. – Pinellas County commissioners will vote Tuesday on an agreement from the Department of Environmental Protection that would give the county an additional $3 million to help with red tide cleanup.
"The funding pays for the contractor, and all the services they provide. So, the boats, the people, the rakes, the disposal, all of it,” said Kelli Levy, the division director of Pinellas County Environmental Management.
Levy said the money is part of a grant program authorized by Gov. Rick Scott for counties experiencing the impacts of red tide.
Currently, the problems have subsided, but the money will be available through March 2019 if the red tide bloom were to return.
"Efforts are very much downscaled right now, so we don’t have full crews out there,” Levy said. “We just have much smaller crews working.
"The amount of material going to the landfill is reduced, so those costs are starting to come down.”
If approved, the agreement would boost cleanup money for the county to more than $6 million.
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