After a brief reprieve from the blooms, high concentrations of red tide have once again been detected in Sarasota County.
Beachgoers and business owners across the Tampa Bay area were breathing a sigh of relief around the holidays when all of the beaches were virtually free of the algae.
Just over a week later, however, Florida Fish and Wildlife officials reported that blooms were detected offshore again.
The latest status update from the FWC shows high concentrations of red tide near Lido Key, Lido Beach Casino and Siesta Key. Medium concentrations were found at New Pass Dock in Sarasota Bay. Low concentrations were recorded near Turtle Beach and North Lido Beach.
The report, released on Friday, states no fish kills were suspected to be related to red tide on Florida’s Southwest Coast.
Respiratory irritation was reported at Coquina Beach and Manatee Beach in Manatee County, but water samples showed red tide was not present in the county.
If you’re planning on heading to the beach, you can check the latest conditions on the FWC website.