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Red tide bloom found on South Seas Plantation Beach on Captiva Island

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Fla. – A red tide bloom has been found near South Seas Plantation Beach access on Captiva. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said some may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. People with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms. Symptoms usually go away after heading inside or leaving the area, according to local health officials. FDOH recommends that people experiencing symptoms stay away from the beach or go into an air-conditioned space. Beachgoers...

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Snook, redfish & spotted seatrout regulations changing June 1

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will update their regulations on snook, redfish, and spotted seatrout on June 1. The three fish species were temporarily made to be catch-and-release only after their populations were severely impacted by the 2017-2019 red tide blooms. On June 1, the following updates will go into effect: Pasco County and Tampa Bay Normal regulations will resume for snook, redfish and spotted seatrout in all state waters in Pasco County, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay. These regulations are for all state waters north...

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Red tide loses intensity as it lingers off SWFL’s coast

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide is lingering off the Southwest Florida coast, but the toxic water is losing intensity.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has reported low to medium concentrations from Collier County north to Charlotte County. Earlier this week, they tested and found high concentrations of red tide near Bonita Beach. Right now, very low amounts are surrounding the Sanibel Causeway and Lighthouse Beach. People are packing the sand for the long weekend.  The water is tropical-looking, with blue and green water sitting in the Gulf. The...

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Endangered sea turtle dies from suspected red tide poisoning

CHARLOTTE HARBOR, Fla. – A red tide bloom off our coast is suspected to be responsible for the death of the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle. On May 14, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was admitted to CROW after it was rescued in Charlotte Harbor, according to the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. The turtle was found floating, breathing strangely, and acting like something was stuck in its mouth. Veterinarians suspected red tide poisoning. Despite intensive treatment for brevetoxicosis, SCCF said the turtle did not survive. The Kemp’s ridley is critically...

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Red tide alerts issued for most of Lee County’s coastline

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide blooms were reported along a majority of Lee County’s coastline Friday afternoon. The Florida Department of Health is Lee County said the red tide blooms were reported near Tarpon Bay Road Beach, Lighthouse Beach, Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park, and Bonita Springs Beach Park. Multiple health alerts have been issued for those areas. People may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms, according to local health officials. Some with breathing problems such...

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Calusa Waterkeeper urges Governor to stop water flow from Lake O to Caloosahatchee

FORT MYERS, Fla. — As the algae situation on Lake Okeechobee continues to worsen, numerous conservationists sent a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to stop the release of water from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River. The letter — signed by 14 local conservation leaders — asks DeSantis to issue an emergency order that would prevent southbound water releases from Lake Okeechobee. They’re also asking that homeowners and businesses affected by red tide be compensated. In the last couple months, the algae on Lake O has continued to spread. Here’s...

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Red tide and blue-green algae take a toll on Southwest Florida’s water

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Tide continues to linger in Southwest Florida. “Typically, we see red tide in the fall and it usually dissipates by November, December, January,” Calusa Waterkeeper John Cassani said. “But here we are, May, it’s still around. We’re hoping this isn’t the new normal.” Right now, the red tide levels are high enough to cause these fish kills. Adding to the problems, blue-green algae is popping up in Florida waters too. “It’s the storm water runoff from the rain that brings the nutrients that feeds the...

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Red Tide blooms reported at three Lee County beaches

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Red tide blooms have been reported near Lynn Hall Beach Park, Lover’s Key State Park, and Bonita Springs Beach Park. The Florida Department of Health in Lee County said some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms. Anyone with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms, according to local health officials. People experiencing these symptoms should stay away from the beach areas or into an air-conditioned space. The Department of Health said if symptoms...

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Fish kills reported as red tide blooms in Collier County waters

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Red tide is present in Collier County waters and dead fish are starting to wash up onshore. The latest red tide map from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a high concentration of Karenia brevis, the organism that causes red tide, near Vanderbilt Beach. If you have beach plans, be aware that the high concentration of red tide can irritate your throat and even make you cough. Also, avoid swimming in areas where you see dead fish. Fish kills aren’t just being reported in Collier County, they’ve also been observed in Lee, Charlotte,...

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