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Florida declares state of emergency

Florida's governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over the Red Tide algae bloom, freeing up money to help safeguard wildlife and give relief to hard-hit tourism operators, TravelMole claims.

The state of emergency covers Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties have not yet been impacted but are included as they are 'at risk.'

The toxic bloom is the longest for a decade and now covers about 200km Southern Gulf Coast coastline.

Nearly 300 tonnes of dead fish and sea mammals, including manatees and turtles, have washed up on now increasingly-deserted beaches.

Scott's order will also free up $500,000 for state tourism agency Visit Florida for a new marketing campaign to lure travellers to some of the worst hit areas and 'continue to bring in the visitors'.

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