Here’s the latest update for red tide on our beaches.
Our partner, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, tells us that the latest daily water samples analyzed by Pinellas County for red tide, taken on Monday, October 15, show normal to slightly discolored waters throughout Pinellas County, and either no, slight, or mild unpleasant odors.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s current beach conditions report says that as of late afternoon on October 17, the storm surge from Hurricane Michael brought cloudy or discolored waters to our beaches.
Other helpful links:
Pinellas County’s page for information on who to call for clean-up assistance.
Hotel damage assessment form.
We have several links to help you understand the impact of red tide on our beaches, but please note that most of the readings for this harmful algae bloom ( HAB ) are taken on weekdays by MOTE Marine Laboratory, Pinellas County Environmental Management, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Their reports are available on the links below, but will often be a full day behind.
Here is the most recent set of news reports that we found with a Google search for Red Tide Pinellas County.
For those of you who want the most recent information about red tide and its impact along the Florida coastline, we suggest following these links:
Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium for tracking app
Ocean Circulation Group for tracking harmful algae blooms
Florida Department of Health for precautions to take
Pinellas County Environmental Management for local impact
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater for visitor information and beach news
People whose respiratory systems are compromised are advised to wear filtering masks when they visit the beaches. Swimmers should be diligent about rinsing off after swimming in affected Gulf or Bay waters, and if your pets enjoy a romp in the surf, be sure to rinse their coats thoroughly after visiting the beaches.
Please visit our Chamber’s Facebook page for daily updates, and to share your observations.