Business is booming for local restaurants after red tide clears up at beaches

Updated: Jan. 1, 2019 at 5:51 PM EST
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SARASOTA (WWSB) -Thanks to the recent surge of people going to the beaches in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties, local businesses, which suffered from the affects of the red tide, are returning back to normalcy.

When the red tide was bad, restaurants like Gulf Drive Cafe suffered.

"The whole summer was bad. We're used to being a popular summer place and unfortunately the smell kept everybody home. A lot of the staff had to get laid off," said Gulf Drive Cafe's Assistant General Manager, Julian Botero.

But as the red tide conditions improved, Botero said business has gone back to normal.

"This is a busy day for us, we're full we're at about an hour and a half wait right now. This is what it's usually like here," Botero said.

The same change of events can be seen at Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key.

"Business has been brisk, the weather has been amazing, the beaches look great," said Daiquiri Deck's Co-Owner, Matt Grover.

Grover said they're expecting tourist to keep rolling in.

"Tourism reports from Visit Sarasota look great, there's visitors from all over coming to this area," Grover said.

And in Manatee County, Botero said it seems like busy season has started for them.

"We're starting to pick up a little earlier than usual which is good. I think everyone was kind of held indoors because of the red tide and a little beach deprived so I think everything clearing up has made it a lot better," said Botero.

FWC’s latest red tide map showed there was barely any red tide found in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

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