Florida residents: Red Tide

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  1. 84superchamp

    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    Did a search and couldn't find anything here. It looks like almost half of the Fla carribean coast is affected, horrible looking (and smelling) beaches. Any of you live close by or have seen it?
    According to reports, maybe the worst ever?
     
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    Someone found a dead manatee and their checking it for red tide but I haven’t heard about the findings yet.

    Not long ago there was done red tide victims on the west side.

    There’s always something happening.
     
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    The manatee made the news report and according to CBS, miles and miles of beaches covered with rotting fish.
    I thought if it was really big, someone would have mentioned it here.
     
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    Red tide?

    Swimming after eating at OG?
     
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    We returned earlier this month from two weeks in Venice on the Gulf Coast. No problems.
     
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    GO BAMA!

    Wait, that's a different tide, right ?
     
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    It's a harmful but naturally occurring algae. It worsens breathing problems and leaves a rash, at times -- or at least, it can.
     
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    I'm actually sitting here right now in Treasure Island on the beach, golf coast. Spent the last 5 days swimming in the ocean and can't get over how beautiful it is. Clean and very warm water, lots of dolphins. Don't know where this red tide stuff is at but it's nowhere near here.
     
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  9. Chris Scott

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    Had it here a few weeks ago...no biggie.

    I remember a couple of times back in the late 60's it was so bad in SoCal that Marina Del Rey was totally inundated with dead fish...it was like a monsterous silver carpet that eventually drifted into all the slips.

    Yuck - smelled f'ing terrible.
     
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    That's what the news made it out to be in Florida but from the actual accounts here, they may have agrandized the problem a little bit.
     
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  11. BlackbirdVintageMusic

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    About 15 years ago I went to Sarasota during a red tide outbreak. Absolutely couldn't stand near the water as it made breathing quite a chore. When it happens naturally there are benefits. Lots of fish will die and crustaceans will flourish as a result. Next year the fish will rebound with the smorgasbord of crustaceans. Sort of like a saltwater forest fire. Having said that, it is unlikely that the state allowing 70's era pollution to occur the last several years had nothing to do with this.
     
  12. Dexter.Sinister

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    We are fine in the NoBe/Surfside/Bal Harbor part of the islands. Also no chatter about it.

    For the non cognoscenti, this is the Atlantic side, near the Caribbean.
     
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    I was on Captiva island (near Ft. Myers) a couple weeks ago. Beaches were covered with dead fish. Been going there for 30 years , never saw it so bad.
     
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    No idea. I don't watch the local news much and I haven't been to the beach in like five or six years... and I live 20 minutes away from the top rated beach in the US. :huh
     
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    Siesta Beach?
     
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    Clearwater Beach. TripAdvisor recently rated it #1 is the US.

    I grew up in Clearwater and spent many Sundays down there with my parents... it's changed a ton!

    I like Lido Beach myself down in Sarasota.
     
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    I thought this was clearing up but saw some posts on FB. Is this still an issue?
     
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    On top of the millions of dead fish and hundreds of dead sea turtles, there are now growing numbers of dead dolphin showing up due to this.

    FYI, we all subsidize the polluters who are causing this.
     
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    I am not finding a link to a return to 70s era pollution - is it farm-land run off that is the trigger?
     
  20. GCDEF

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    It's moving north. I'm in Clearwater and flew over the beach last week and saw a little, but not much. I haven't been to the beach in a week or so, but I'm hearing that it's getting pretty bad in this area.
     

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