Red tide is making a resurgence in the Gulf and Tampa Bay

The red tide is making a resurgence on the beaches of the Gulf Coast and in lower Tampa Bay.

A report released Friday by state environmental regulators shows high red tide levels were found this week at Redington Beach, Madeira Beach and John’s Pass in Pinellas; and North Jetty Park in Sarasota.

Average concentrations were also found for the first time since August in Tampa Bay along the Manatee-Hillsborough county line. Lower concentrations were found near the south end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Medium concentrations were also found off Hernando and Pasco counties. In Pinellas, medium concentrations were found off Tarpon Springs and at Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach and Pass-a-Grille.

Further south, medium concentrations were found in Manatee County at Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Pass, and off Atlas Street. In Sarasota County, medium concentrations were found at North Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, and Venice Beach.

Fish kills suspected of being linked to the red tide have been reported in Hernando, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties over the past week. Respiratory irritation has been reported in Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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