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Second red tide advisory this week in Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties

Posted: 6:30 AM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-16 10:42:34Z
New red tide warning in Lee and Charlotte

A new red tide advisory is in effect for Southwest Florida.

The National Weather Service issued a warning Wednesday night that includes Lee, Charlotte and Sarasota counties. The new beach advisory is effect until Thursday night.

Any exposure to red tide can cause respiratory symptoms including coughing, sneezing and teary eyes. It also means you are urged not to swim in the water because it can cause skin irritation.

The city of Sanibel released a new report saying crews have removed more than 300 tons of dead fish in the past few weeks. It does not include the whale shark, large groupers and tarpons that were recently washed up on the island. Nor does it include dead fish cleaned up in the canals.

That’s more than 6,000 pounds of dead fish.

Florida Fish and Wildlife report that there are high concentrations of red tide in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties.

WATER QUALITY SURVEY

The Chamber of Commerce in Cape Coral put out a survey regarding red tide and blue-green algae.

They are collecting data on how the water quality has impacted businesses in the area for the past two months.

They say they will send the results to elected officials.

Lee County Commissioners say they are working with the Department of Environmental Protection and Health, plus Florida Fish and Wildlife to fix the water quality issues.

With the help from a state grant, they've removed more than 85,000 gallons of impacted water in the county.

They've also removed more than 1,300 tons of red tide from beaches, boat ramps and parks.