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Is Red Tide Making a Comeback to Your Beach?

3:39 PM, Oct 26, 2018


Olivia Frain

Just when we thought we were in the clear from red tide, it seems to be making its way back to SWFL beaches.

According to Florida Fish and Wildlife's red tide maps, medium and low traces of red tide concentrations can be found in Charlotte County, and medium concentrations are in northern Lee County.

Once you take a closer look at the map, you can really see the specific spots red tide is hitting. You can go to to check it out.

So where is red tide going? There have been reports that red tide could come back “stronger than ever.” After some digging, the scientists at MOTE Marine Laboratory said that’s not the case at all.

Dr. Tracy Fanara, a scientist at MOTE, said the wind currents are the biggest reason for the “red tide comeback,” and that it’s not going to be worse than before.

Keep in mind it’s still red tide season. For now there's no timetable on when red tide will show up on other beaches in Lee County, so we might as well enjoy them while we can.


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