Sarasota, FL - In October of last year Sarasota County crews were cleaning up dead fish at Blind Pass. That was just one of several spots in southern Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee counties impacted by red tide. Red Tide would then affect the area in January of this year. Water samples showed increasing levels on several beaches including Siesta Beach, Nokomis Beach, and Venice Beach.
This year Red Tide hasn't been as strong as it has in the past. It has pretty much been absent from the normal range of beaches from Pinellas county to Charlotte Harbor.
According to the Tampa Tribune, around 215 researchers from 31 states met to discuss harmful algae blooms across the United States, with Red Tide getting a good portion of the focus.
So how can you avoid red tide? Well, a website sponsored by Mote and a team of lifeguards make it easy to find out current beach conditions.