Some beaches are better than others in the Tampa Bay area.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay just can’t seem to shake off the red tide.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently noted high concentrations of the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, were measured along the Gulf Coast from Pinellas counties to Sarasota counties.
These high levels corresponded to reports of dead fish, cloudy water and respiratory problems.
Visit St. Pete Clearwater frequently updates its website with the latest beach conditions and although the latest data is Friday at the time of this writing, the best spot without a red tide appears to be Fred Howard Park.
Indian Shores and Sand Key also reported no red tide levels, but that may have changed since the weekend.
For respiratory impacts, an experimental tool from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration attempts to predict risk given predicted wind speed and direction.
There is a “low” risk of respiratory irritation at Clearwater Beach all day Monday, with conditions improving overnight into the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Further south in Venice, a “high” risk exists for much of Monday before the wind direction changes and lessens the threat.