By: Treasure Coast Newspapers
Gov. Rick Scott requested the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration to help businesses in Martin and Lee counties that are being affected by toxic algae blooms.
The declaration would give low-interest loans to small businesses so they can recover from the harm caused by the algae blooms, according to a news release. Once approved by the SBA, the state will work to include other impacted areas, the release states.
Florida is not seeking individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency through a presidential declaration, Scott wrote in a letter to Ashley Bell, regional administration of the SBA…