Dead fish that have washed up on Blind Pass Beach will be cleaned up later this week, Sarasota County officials said.
The dead fish began washing ashore Tuesday in what officials say is result of a red tide bloom located in the Gulf of Mexico. As recently as this past weekend, county lifeguards reported signs of red tide at some of the public beaches in the southern portion of the county.
Officials in Sarasota County say inmates on the Sheriff's Work Offender program will begin cleaning up the dead fish on Thursday of this week as officials continue to monitor area public beaches.
"We realize that reports of red tide are an inconvenience for hotels, resorts, visitors, residents and beachfront property owners," said George Tatge, manager, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation. "The good news is we have 35-miles of beaches in Sarasota County and at this time the impacts seem to be isolated to only a small portion of that."
Visitors and residents can get the latest beach conditions by calling 941-BEACHES (941-232-2437).The hotline is updated twice a day.
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