Sarasota County staff, working with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Work Offender program, is scheduled to begin clean up operations to remove dead fish on Manasota Beach, 8570 Manasota Key Road, Manasota Key on Friday. The dead fish are suspected to be the result of a red tide bloom located off shore in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Fortunately at this time of the year we don't have large crowds on the beaches so that makes it a little easier for our work crews to access the beach and clean it up as quickly as possible," said Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Manager George Tatge. "Unfortunately, communities all along the gulf coast have to deal with varying levels of impact from red tide."
Sarasota County lifeguards are reporting moderate to high respiratory irritation at various beaches. County staff will continue to monitor all public beaches for impacts of red tide and will respond as the need arises. Residents and visitors can still enjoy the beaches, however, those with asthma or chronic respiratory ailments need to be aware of current beach conditions. For those who are susceptible, the symptoms associated with red tide tend to become more noticeable when the winds are blowing on-shore.
Visitors and residents can get the latest beach conditions by calling 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437) or visiting Mote Marine Laboratory's online beach conditions report at www.mote.org/beaches.