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Red tide nearly entirely gone from Florida waters

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 10:01:03-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- If you're planning to head to any Southwest Florida beaches this week but are worried about the possibility of red tide, you're in luck.

The latest red tide map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife shows little to no red tide concentrations along the Gulf coast or anywhere in the state.

In Southwest Florida, the only indications of red tide were some "very low" readings in the Stump Pass area of Englewood. All other testing sites in the area found no red tide present.

Further north, red tide was present at some testing sites in Manatee and Pinellas counties.

The panhandle and east coast beaches all tested as free of red tide.