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Beach businesses get back to normal after last year’s red tide

Manatee County
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BRADENTON BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – It’s been nine months since red tide consumed the beaches in Manatee County. Now, businesses are getting back to normal and looking to put the negative image in the past.

John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar, is looking to forget about the Red Tide disaster.

“I mean, we would like to forget August completely,” said John Horne.

Horne thought his business would continue to suffer, but customers are consistently coming.

“We thought we would have a hangover that was residual but we truly believe we have bounced back well,” said Horne.

For John Cadmus, owner of Cortez Watersports, he has been busy the last few months, thanks to Easter weekend and spring break, but he fears the red tide algae will come back.

“It’s all about the water quality. And without water quality you can have clean beaches but the people won’t come. You have to have clean water,” said Cadmus.

According to FWC, no red tide was observed this past week in Manatee County. For the current red tide status throughout the state, click here. 

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