Red tide appears to be gone from area beaches
Red tide has been a scourge of the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Ian struck Collier and Lee counties last year. It has finally dissipated from much of the area.
Red tide appears to be gone from the region for the first time in months.
An update from state environmental officials Wednesday showed red tide was either not present or only found in background levels throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota/Manatee coastlines.
Red tide was found in low concentrations just south of Sarasota County, in Charlotte County.
Still, some reports of fish kills and respiratory irritation suspected to be related to red tide were reported over the past week in Sarasota County.
For additional information about red tide, including information on how to report a fish kill or other wildlife effects, consult health authorities about human exposure, or locate other resources, visit the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Red Tide-Related Hotlines and Information Sources article.