County beaches no longer warning of red tide

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On Sept. 9, the beach condition signs on all 16 beaches in Sarasota County were changed to “Enjoy the Beach” from “Red Tide Present,” according to Sarasota County. This comes after all beach water samples taken Sept. 7 by the Florida Department of Health-Sarasota came back showing zero cells of Karenia brevis present. 

The signage at the lifeguard stations on Siesta Beach indicated a presence of red tide beginning July 13. During the nearly two months of the warning being displayed, the county has collected about 70 tons of debris from its shorelines. Substantial fish kills on Aug. 4 and 17 contributed greatly to that total.

Turtle Beach was one of 11 county beaches to receive a no-swim advisory, in its case starting Aug. 7 and ending Aug. 12. Siesta Beach managed to avoid such an advisory.

On Sept. 9, this warning was lifted on Sarasota County beaches.
John Morton
Author: John Morton

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