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Red tide causing beach hazard statement from Lee through Sarasota counties

Posted at 9:16 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 06:43:39-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – The National Weather Service in Ruskin says a Beach Hazards statement remains in effect through Thursday evening for parts of the Southwest Florida coast.

They warn of possible respiratory irritation in some coastal areas.  Symptoms may include coughing, sneezing, and tearing eyes.

Red tide respiratory irritation is possible Tuesday and Wednesday in the following locations:

  • Coastal Sarasota County
  • Coastal Charlotte County
  • Bay regions of southern Charlotte County
  • Coastal Lee County
  • Bay regions of northern and central Lee County

You can find unaffected beaches by checking reports of recent local observations and data: Mote Marine Laboratory daily beach conditions:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) red tide status:

Beach hazards statement remains in effect through Thursday evening.