Florida gov rebuffs call for red tide emergency declaration

(AP) – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is rebuffing calls for an emergency declaration to address a red tide outbreak in Tampa Bay that’s killed hundreds of tons of fish and other marine life. Related: ‘Triple threat’: Red tide, COVID-19, bronchitis outbreak hit Tampa Bay in first-of-its-kind scenario, doctors sayDeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday in St. Petersburg that such a declaration would do more harm than good. Environmentalists, Democrats and local leaders have pushed Desantis to declare an emergency. DeSantis said the state has the money to address the problem and that declaring an emergency would hurt local businesses and Florida tourism in general.

(AP) – Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is rebuffing calls for an emergency declaration to address a red tide outbreak in Tampa Bay that’s killed hundreds of tons of fish and other marine life.

Related: ‘Triple threat’: Red tide, COVID-19, bronchitis outbreak hit Tampa Bay in first-of-its-kind scenario, doctors say

DeSantis said at a news conference Wednesday in St. Petersburg that such a declaration would do more harm than good.

Environmentalists, Democrats and local leaders have pushed Desantis to declare an emergency.

DeSantis said the state has the money to address the problem and that declaring an emergency would hurt local businesses and Florida tourism in general.

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