Red tide warning signs will be placed on Sarasota County beaches

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows average red tide levels in Sarasota County.

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Department of Health officials say there are high levels of red tide in and around Sarasota County beaches.

And, signs warning people of red tide in the water will be posted at select Sarasota County beaches starting Friday.

The signs will be posted at every beach from North Jetty to Longboat Key, according to county health officials. The reason for this is that low levels of organisms at rising tide Karenia brevis have been detected in the waters surrounding these beaches.

The following tracks will be reported:

  • Rowboat key
  • Bird Key Park (Ringling Causeway
  • Lido North Beach
  • Lido Casino
  • South Lido
  • nap beach
  • Turtle Beach
  • Nokomis Beach
  • North Pier Beach

County health officials are advising anyone with chronic respiratory problems to consider staying away from the beach as red tide can affect breathing.

If you happen to see dead fish in the water, health officials say not to swim around this area. And keep your pets and livestock away from water, sea foam and dead sea life.

If you fish in this area, health officials say you shouldn’t harvest or eat distressed or dead shellfish and fish. If the fish is healthy, rinse the fillets with tap or bottled water and discard the entrails.

If you live near the beach, the DOH advises you to close your windows and run your air conditioner.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows average red tide levels in Sarasota County.

According to the latest FWC red tide report, respiratory irritation and fish kills were reported last week in Sarasota County.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 hotline for reporting illnesses, including health effects from red tide exposure. You can call 1-888-232-8635.

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