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First Alert Weather: Latest Red Tide Update

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Red tide continues to be a problem on some area beaches.  It is still patchy and more concentrated as you move south along the Suncoast.

Here is the latest from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission as of Friday 7/12/2018.

A patchy bloom of the Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, persists in Southwest Florida.

In Southwest Florida over the past week, K. brevis was observed at background concentrations in one sample collected from Manatee County,

In Sarasota County background to medium concentrations in 17 samples were collected. 

In Charlotte, very low to high concentrations in five samples collected from or offshore or near shore.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida over the past week did not contain K. brevis.

Over the past week, fish kills were reported in Southwest Florida in Manatee County (Manatee Public Beach),

Sarasota County (Casey Key, Manasota Beach, Nokomis Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty),

Charlotte County (Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, Lemon Bay),

Respiratory irritation was reported over the past week in

Sarasota County (7/10 and 7/12 at Lido Key; 7/5-7/7 and 7/11-7/12

at Manasota Beach; 7/6-7/7

at Nokomis; 7/9

at Siesta Key; 7/5-7/7, 7/9 and 7/11

at Venice Beach; 7/6-7/7 at Venice North Jetty)

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