Struggling business owners in Sarasota and Manatee County are receiving some red tide relief from local and state governments. Interest-free small business loans are now available. Also, tourism leaders plan to spend $500,000 and to market local beaches to the rest of the country.
“We are going to tell them that our state is open, come back,” said Visit Florida President Ken Lawson.
Bob Slicker is the manager at the Swordfish Grill in the Cortez area. He said his business is struggling.