SARASOTA COUNTY - Signs of red tide are back at most of Sarasota County's beaches.
Tests are showing increased levels of the organism that causes red tide at 10 county beaches and parks. They include Siesta, Turtle, Nokomis, Venice, Brohard, Caspersen and Manasota beaches, as well as the Venice Pier, the North Jetty and Service Club Park.
Cases of slight to moderate respiratory irritation are also being reported at these locations. Beachgoers may experience coughing, sneezing, scratchy throat or teary eyes. These effects should be temporary and go away when those affected leave the beach. However, people with asthma, emphysema or other chronic respiratory impairments should be aware of places where red tide impacts are being reported and should avoid those areas.
Small amounts of dead fish have been reported at Blind Pass Beach, Manasota Beach, Venice Beach and Caspersen Beach to Service Club Park.
Most people can swim in red tide, but it can cause skin irritation and burning eyes. If your skin is easily irritated, avoid red tide water. It is advisable to get out and thoroughly wash off with fresh water.
Mote Marine has twice daily updates from Suncoast beaches available at www.mote.org/beaches.