SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health is reminding residents of Sarasota County of the high levels of red tide found at local beaches.
The following beaches were found to have a higher number of red tides following Monday’s beach water samples:
- Rowboat key
- Bird Key Park/Ringling Causeway
- North Lido
- Lido Casino
- South Lido
- nap beach
- Turtle Beach
- Nokomis Beach
- North pier
- Venice beach
- Club Service
- Venice fishing pier
- Brohard Park
- Manasota Key
- blind pass
Swimmers may experience mild, short-lived respiratory symptoms, such as eye, nose and throat irritation. Some people with existing breathing problems, such as asthma, may experience more severe symptoms.
If heading to any of the above beaches, the FDOH recommends that people do not swim near/around dead fish, harvest or eat distressed or dead fish and shellfish, and keep pets or livestock away from water, foam and the dead sea. the life.
Florida Poison Control Centers has a toll-free 24/7 hotline for reporting illnesses, including health effects from red tide exposure at 1-800-222-1222.
For more information on red tide in Sarasota County, visit the Department of Health’s website and click on Water Quality – Red Tide.