Environmentalists urge DeSantis to declare Red Tide emergency

PALMETTO — Decades of progress cleaning up Tampa Bay could disappear in a couple of years without vigilance, two top estuary management officials warned Friday, as a toxic Red Tide bloom torments the region. They held up the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s East Coast as an example. The lossContinue Reading

Environmentalists urge DeSantis to declare Red Tide emergency

ST. PETERSBURG — More than two dozen environmental organizations joined calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for the Tampa Bay area as Red Tide continues to leave dead fish along the coast and disrupt business across the region. An executive order would help organize andContinue Reading

Tampa Bay has Red Tide questions. Here are some answers.

For centuries, it has plagued Florida’s Gulf Coast. Now it has returned to Tampa Bay to afflict everything it touches: The ecosystem, the economy, people’s livelihoods and their health, and especially the waters of the bay itself as it kills hundreds of tons of sea life. But what is RedContinue Reading