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Southwest Florida is Free of Red Tide, For Now

1:31 PM, Oct 15, 2018

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Chloe Nordquist

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a new map of red tide on Friday and guess what? It’s gone!

Southwest Florida is Free of Red Tide, For Now

The map shows that in the most recent eight days of resting, red tide has not been found from Collier County up to Sarasota County.

HelloSWFL went down to Fort Myers Beach and we found open businesses and people but no red tide warning signs.

“I’m from St. Louis Missouri and we’ve been coming down here for about 11 or 12 years,” Barb Behlmann, one of Monday’s beach-goers, said. Barb said her family has been watching what's been going on with red tide this summer.

“Over the summer it was getting really bad so we were wondering, what’s it going to be like when we go? Is it still going to be there?,” she said. “And then we heard that the hurricane was coming through we thought oh maybe that will stir it up and take care of that.”

And it seems like it did.

“We were pleasantly surprised,” she said. “Yesterday was our first day on the beach and the water was a little murky at the beginning, but then as the day went on we were like look we can see. We could see down to the bottom. We could see our feet and legs.”

Barb said she didn’t see any dead fish, and the air and water hadn’t irritated her lungs or skin.

So is that the end of red tide for this year? We’ll see. We reached out to the FWC to learn more about whether or not more red tide can be expected in the near future, and haven’t heard anything back yet.

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