Pinellas beaches escape ill effect of red tide

Madeira Beach, Florida -- Fear of red tide is keeping some tourists from Pinellas County beaches, and even though the plume is more than 20 miles away from Tarpon Springs, it has created a misconception that the coast is littered with dead fish.

Hubbard's Marina on John's Pass is usually bustling, but business is a bit down.

"Unfortunately, we are down about $10,000 in charter business of a red tide problem that doesn't really exist. There's no dead fish, no smell and the water is perfect up and down the coastline," said Dylan Hubbard.

Tuesday night, the daily fishing charter returned with a literal boatload of fish, and seasoned anglers say the water is clear.

"I saw no signs of red tide, no dead fish, no smell. Nothing. It's absolutely beautiful out there," said fisherman Tim Majino.

Even Mayor Travis Palladeno of Madeira Beach is trying to get the word out that Pinellas clean and open for business.

"There's lots of people out here, the water is fine and everyone should come out and enjoy the beach," said Palladeno.

According to the latest bulletin from FWC, the plume is drifting very slowly southward, but so far there is no evidence of it on Pinellas beaches. As of Friday, the FWC said the plume is 60 miles wide and 90 miles long and is located at least 20 miles offshore between Dixie and north Pinellas counties.


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