Red tide detected in Charlotte County

Posted at 1:53 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 13:53:11-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- A heads up if you have plans at the beach this week; red tide has returned to parts of Southwest Florida's coast.

New tests by Florida Fish and Wildlife have detected low to medium levels along the Charlotte County coastline.

Red algae has plagued Southwest Florida off and on for years.  It's known to cause fish kills and breathing problems for people who are at the beach when red tide is present.