Red tide gone along Tampa Bay area beaches

Pinellas County

Say “goodbye” to red tide.

Recent water testing shows the fish-killing algae bloom is not detected in the waters off our coastline.

That’s terrific news for people who depend on tourists for their income.

Red tide devastated all kinds of marine life and also killed business along the beach.

But for the first time since September of 2017, red tide is gone completely.

For the first time in many, many months, you can breathe deeply and not be choked up with the noxious odor of red tide.

Last August, the owner of the Madeira Beach Cigar Company expressed concern.

“Keep it away. I’m worried about it. Yeah,” said Jennifer McManus

Now, it’s a different story all together.

“Travel has been picking up big time. Our sales have actually doubled from probably about a month ago,” said Matthew Clanton.

A check of the latest water sampling result map from the FWC shows a lot of grey dots. Each one indicates that red tide is not present.

That’s a far cry from what it looked like just a few months ago, with tons of dead fish washing ashore and driving away tourists and locals alike.

Things are getting back to normal along the beach towns.

“People are talking about enjoying the beach and being outside and really getting out and seeing the things that madeira beach has to offer,” said Clanton.

The Snack Shack is hopping. The beach-side restaurant is running its normal hours once again.

“It was a couple of weeks where three or fourr days out of the week we were shutting down early, about 3 o’clock. Which is pretty unusual for us,” said cook Cody Roach.

Hungry beach-goers are back now that the stench of rotting fish is a thing of the past.

“Everyone’s mood is kind of lifted up too, ’cause I know when business is up, we’re pretty happy,” said Roach.

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