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NWS issues beach hazard, red tide alert for Sarasota Co.

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SARASOTA Co., Fla (WWSB) -- The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazards statement for high respiratory irritation until Thursday evening.

Symptoms may include coughing...sneezing...and tearing eyes. People with respiratory conditions such as asthma... emphysema...and other pulmonary diseases may be more sensitive.
Red tide organisms grow naturally in the Gulf of Mexico. But high concentrations are harmful to wildlife and can cause respiratory problems in humans.
Irritation may vary locally and throughout the day. 
Affected beaches include:
  • Manasota Beach
  • Venice Beach
  • Venice North Jetty
  • Nokomis
  • Siesta Key
  • Lido Key
  • Coquina Beach
  • Manatee Beach
 You can find unaffected beaches by checking reports of recent conditions:

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a plantlike organism called microscopic alga. 

The FWC said the duration of a bloom in nearshore Florida waters depends on physical and biological conditions that influence its growth and persistence, including sunlight, nutrients and salinity, as well as the speed and direction of wind and water currents. 

* RED TIDE HAZARDS...Possible respiratory irritation in some coastal areas. For red tide forecast information visit *