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No swim advisory lifted at Venice Beach, red tide and high surf remain

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VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The double red flags have been removed from Venice Beach, but a single red flag remains, alerting residents of continued hazardous conditions. 

According to Sarasota County Lifeguard Operations, double red flags indicate that the water is closed to the public, while a single red flag means swimming conditions are dangerous due to high surf and/or rip currents. 

Additionally, Mote Marin Laboratory continues to report high levels of dead fish and "moderate" respiratory irritation due to read tide at the beach.

A patchy bloom of the Flordia red tide organism, Karenia brevis, is persisting in Southwest Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision (FWC).

FWC reports fish kills in Sarasota County at Casperson Beach, Manasota Beach, Nokomis, Siesta Key Beach, Venice Beach, Venice North Jetty.

You can check current beach conditions, including red tide blooms at visitbeaches.org.

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