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Washington, D.C. – The office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) tomorrow will open recovery centers to assist businesses affected by red ride and blue-green algae blooms along the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida.
 
In August, Rubio surveyed algae bloom at St. Lucie Lock and Dam in Stuart as well as area damage from blue-green algae and red tide in Captiva. He also introduced the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act, legislation that would direct the Interagency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) to assess the causes and consequences of HABs in Lake Okeechobee and around Florida’s south and southwestern coast to determine the federal resources available to solve these challenges. He recently secured $1 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist areas affected by harmful algal blooms. An extended timeline of Rubio’s efforts to fight the South Florida algal blooms can be found here.
 
A list of business recovery centers can be found below:
 
Red Tide Declaration
Lee County
City/County Annex Building
1825 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
 
Manatee County
Manatee County Library
Island Branch
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM -2:00 PM
 
Sarasota County
Bae Ridge Park
4430 South Lockwood Road
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Pinellas County
Epicenter
13805 58th Street, North, Suite 2-200
Clearwater, FL 33760
Opens Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 AM
Mon–Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
      

Blue-green Algae Declaration
Lee County
City/County Annex Building
1825 Hendry Street
Fort Myers, Florida 33901
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

Martin County
Martin County Fire Rescue Headquarters
800 SE Monterey Rd.
Stuart, FL 34994
Mon–Fri: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
Sat 10:00 AM-2:00 PM