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Sep 29, 2016
tide warning in effect for Lee, Charlotte Counties
Tim Wronka and Chris
The National Weather Service in Tampa Bay
has issued a beach hazards statement for Lee and Charlotte Counties in regards
to red tide through Saturday evening.
areas impacted by the warning include southern Manatee and northern
Red tide, fish kill
seen on Englewood Beach
in the northern counties reported the bad smell and complained of coughing,
even in areas not right on the beach.
was some dead fish up on the beach. You could just feel it in the air,"
said visitor Jonathan Pearce. "We went outside this morning. Coughed as
soon as we went outside, unfortunately. Kids were coughing."
thousands of dead fish washed up on Englewood Beach, fish kills can be
seen further south on Boca Grande. The fear of the fish kill coming south
are more real.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the bloom responsible
for these fish kills is showing little movement of coming south. However, there
have been water samples showing red tide is present in Lee and Collier
says they are always continuing to sample water and are keeping a close eye on
where the algae bloom is going.
Sanibel free of red
tide, for now
before the red algae blooms were spotted in Lee County waters, Sanibel leaders
have kept a close eye on their shores. On Thursday, the city's southern waters
were sampled and found no trace of a red bloom at the time of this writing.
Rick Bartleson of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has his eyes on
the tides in Sanibel. He knows red algae blooms are in the waters north of the
island. The city and county regularly check water quality for red algae
only checked one spot, but you can also tell when it's out there from the smell
usually, and we didn't smell any at the beach," Dr. Bartleson said.
says that smell and the stench of dead fish can drive away tourists.
think it's a major issue," he said. "Certainly the reason for coming
to Florida is for the coast and the water."
and Lou Moeller are frequent Florida tourists. They say if the red tide
appeared at their vacations spot, they wouldn't go.
I would just choose another place," Mark said. "It would be very
disappointing to plan a trip down here thinking I'm going to do some fishing or
out on the water then not be able to get in the water."
in contact with these impacted waters can result in possible respiratory
irritation, coughing, sneezing, and tearing eyes.
you have asthma, emphysema, and other pulmonary diseases, you may be more