Senator Marco Rubio is calling on the Small Business Administration to open a Business Recovery Center to help companies hurt by the algae blooms from Lake Okeechobee.
In a letter to the SBA administrator, Rubio said Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Hendry counties rely on clean water to bring tourists to the area and they are now being hurt by poor conditions.
It's not an unprecedented request.
The SBA opened similar disaster offices during the last algae outbreak of 2016.
The #LakeOkeechobee reservoir project was approved by White House yesterday. Now we need to get it authorized by Congress. Not done yet but getting to this point in less than 2 yrs is unprecedented. But this project will make a difference for #Florida https://t.co/fzlgCPD44t— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 11, 2018
Continuing to work today on getting OMB to sign off on the expedited water-storage reservoir south of #LakeOkeechobee. Long term this would help make a difference for health of #IndianRiverLagoon #SaintLucieRiver & #EvergladesRestoration #sayfie— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 9, 2018