Toll from worst S.W. Florida red tide in decade grows

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"During my time in office, we have invested millions of dollars to research and mitigate red tide along Florida's Gulf Coast", Scott said in a statement.

"It's certainly disgusting", said Amy Benton, who walked along the shoreline early Thursday with a scarf over her nose and mouth as protection.

Florida's southwest waterways are now under assault by two different combatants: A red tide bloom from the Gulf of Mexico and a separate toxic algae bloom, which many believe is linked to discharge from Lake Okeechobee.

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Lee County has paired with private contractors to begin removing dead fish from its beaches, but officials warned that it could be a long and ongoing process. The bloom can grow or dissipate based on nutrients in the water, as well as the speed and direction of water currents and wind speeds.

Thank you for signing up for the Brightside Blend Newsletter. However, there has yet to be a firm link established between nutrient pollution and the severity of red tide, according to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.

There have already been at least 490 manatee deaths this year as well, with 80 of them likely caused by red tide. "We will continue to support Florida's biologists to study the best ways to combat red tide, and our state wildlife and environmental professionals will aid Florida communities that are being impacted".

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More than a dozen people have gone to the emergency room after exposure to the blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria. The dead manatee was towed away Tuesday.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials have been trying to save as many sea turtles as they can. The toxin affects marine life and causes respiratory irritation in humans and animals.

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