The city of Fort Myers has declared a state of emergency in wake of the algae blooms on the Caloosahatchee River and the red tide off the Gulf Coast.

Mayor Randy Henderson said they would have done it sooner, but they were waiting for a scheduled council meeting.

Last week, Gov. Rick Scott declared a red tide state of emergency for seven counties, including Lee, due to the thousands of dead sea animals that have washed up on shore over the last few weeks. That was about a month after an emergency was declared because of the freshwater blue-green algae outbreaks from Lake Okeechobee water discharges.

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