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Is Red Tide Back in Southwest Florida?

11:50 AM, Oct 19, 2018

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Gabriel Castaneda

The latest map from Florida Fish and Wildlife shows grey dots along the coast of Southwest Florida. This means that our area is all clear of red tide. But on Oct. 17 the FWC released google images and if you look closely there appears to be a big bloom out in the Gulf.

So is red tide really gone? Or is that wishful thinking?

Is Red Tide Back in SWFL?

It seems to be staying away from us for now. When you look at the interactive FWC map there are no signs of it at Fort Myers beach.

We reached out to the FWC to see if this bloom will affect us but we haven’t heard back from them yet.

Even though there are no signs of red tide in Fort Myers there are a few spots off Bonita Springs, one spot off Cayo Costa Island and at Stump Pass in Englewood showing. These spots are low levels of red tide.

No one is sure if red tide is coming back but anything is possible. Red tide typically blooms between August and December.

The Natural Resources Manager for the City of Naples said a there are a lot of factors that have to come together for red tide blooms to affect our areas. Some factors include wind and water currents. If red tide does come back according to the Natural Resources Manager it looks like the impact to our area could be minimal.

For now, it looks like we’re in the clear. We are working to get more answers from the FWC about how those blooms off the coast can potentially affect you.

You can check the status of red tide with FWC map that has the last eight days of sampling and is updated daily at 5 p.m.

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