Pinellas County Beaches’ Latest Red Tide Conditions
Considering going to the beach this weekend? It’s been a rough summer along the Pinellas County beaches. What’s the latest?
We’re not completely out of the woods, yet. Red tide has caused a struggle along the Pinellas County coastline. The fish kills and respiratory irritation from the blooms in the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the latest measurements, however, have been promising.
In samples from Redington Shores, Johns Pass Park and off Tarpon Springs, there were “medium” concentrations. Archibald Beach Park was the lone Pinellas County measurement that showed ‘high’ concentrations of red tide. Other sites measured showed ‘low,’ ‘very low’ or ‘not present/background.’ We found no other ‘high’ concentrations within a mile of the Pinellas County Beaches.
You can click here to see the latest testing results on a map from the Pinellas County Environmental Management website. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also has a map you can visit to see their latest testing data.
There are higher concentrations still being found at some Pasco beaches to the north and Sarasota and Manatee County beaches to the south. Monitoring will continue, and hopefully we’ll see the concentrations of red tide continue to drop.
[Source: Tampa Bay’s 10]