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DEO activates emergency Business Damage Assessment on algal blooms

July 13, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Gov. Rick Scott announced on July 12 that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity activated the Business Damage Assessment survey to gather information on how algal blooms caused by federal Lake Okeechobee water releases have impacted local business operations.

The launch is directly related to the governor's announcement earlier this week of a multifaceted state approach to combat harmful algal blooms. The information that businesses provide will help DEO develop the best possible strategy to provide relief to business owners.

"As our state once again faces harmful algal blooms from federal water releases, it is important to understand the full impact that this situation is having on local businesses. That way, we can respond to help provide the resources they need to minimize any impact," Scott said. "We've been fighting for these communities for years, and we'll never stop working until this problem is solved and Florida families no longer have to endure the harmful effects of these federal Lake Okeechobee discharges."

"DEO is committed to assisting businesses recover quickly after all disasters," Executive Director Cissy Proctor said. "We know the faster businesses recover, the quicker families and communities are able to return to normal. We want to encourage businesses affected by the algal blooms to complete the business damage assessment survey, so we can help get them back up and running."

The survey, managed by DEO, will assess businesses affected by the event and share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate relief programs.

The survey can be taken at by selecting the "Lake Okeechobee Discharge/Algae Blooms" event.

For additional assistance, please call 850-815-4925.



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