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Red Tide Moves South

Red Tide Moves South

We’ll all be breathing easier — literally. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is watching as the red tide moves south, not north, and away from Pinellas beaches.

On Friday, August 10, it appeared that weather patterns would bring the bloom of karenia brevis north of the Sunshine Skyway, putting the Pinellas beaches at risk for the negative effects reported in Manatee County.

As early as Saturday morning, Bay News 9 reported that the FWC had revised that prediction. Now, as red tide moves south, it appears that the Pinellas coastline will be spared the fish kills, strong odors, and negative impacts on beachfront activities.

Red tide moves south as environmentalists gather.
Even as the red tide moves south, people link hands along the Florida coast to show support for efforts to control the harmful algae blooms.

Earlier today, communities all along the Florida coastline staged demonstrations to show their distress over the environmental impact of red tide. Hands Along the Water protesters gathered at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach at 10 am Sunday morning. They joined hands to show support for finding solutions to the toxic blooms that periodically afflict the Florida coastline.

REMINDERS: If you have respiratory challenges, harmful algae blooms will make them worse. Wear a protective filter over your nose and mouth to prevent the inhalation of toxic particles.

Skin irritations can develop from swimming in infested waters. If you do swim in areas experiencing red tide, be sure to rinse your skin thoroughly after leaving the open waters to reduce the risk of skin irritation.

Protect your pets! Dogs that romp in infested waters need to be rinsed, too. Not only to prevent skin irritation, but to prevent ingestion of the karenia brevis organism when they lick themselves.

Follow these links for important information and a current red tide update:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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

Visit our past articles about red tide:

What is Red Tide?

August 11 update

 

 

Red Tide Update August 11

This red tide update presents links to several resources, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, area news outlets, and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. To learn what red tide is and how it affects our beaches, visit this article we published in 2016. We’ve been watching the conditions that have… Continue Reading

Gaming Fun at Monte Carlo Fundraiser

Gaming Fun at Monte Carlo Fundraiser

The Chamber’s Monte Carlo fundraiser is cracking up to be the social event of the year. More than 150 revelers came decked out in evening dress, and a couple dozen of them honored the 1940s styles of “Casablanca,” to make the 6th Annual Monte Carlo Casino Night a resounding success. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and light-hearted… Continue Reading

Red Tide August Update

Red Tide August Update

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Pinellas County’s Convention & Visitors Bureau, provides us with this red tide August update, dated August 3: We wanted to let you know that we’re closely monitoring the red tide bloom that’s south of our Gulf beaches, stretching from Sarasota County to Collier County, and have been in contact with Visit Florida, our… Continue Reading

Spa and Rehabilitation Services

Spa and Rehabilitation Services

Sally’s Spa and Rehabilitation Center combines the best of both worlds: a way to feel and look great, inside and out. Sally Plink brought her unique approach to wellness to Seminole in 2012, and extends her services to Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, and the surrounding areas. “I actually have been in business since 1995,” clarifies… Continue Reading

Opposing Offshore Drilling

Opposing Offshore Drilling

TREASURE ISLAND|MADEIRA BEACH ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, at its June 19 Board meeting, passed Resolution 2018-06 opposing offshore drilling and urging the United States government to refrain from oil drilling and exploration along Florida’s Atlantic coast and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. “Our ecosystem is fragile,” pointed out… Continue Reading

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

Minning Heads Environmental Preservation Committee

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH ­­— Robert Minning, formerly Mayor of Treasure Island, was appointed on July 6 to chair the EPIC (Environmental Preservation Initiative for our Communities) committee of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Mayor Minning has a long history of environmental advocacy,” said Chamber Board Chairman Joe Dise in… Continue Reading

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters

Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters Reeling in Adventure!  The start of Pocket Change Inshore Fishing Charters is the stuff dreams are made of. Literally! “My son Anthony had built his own fishing boat and had been running small charter trips for about ten years while working a full-time job,” recalls Patricia Corcella. “I’d been thinking… Continue Reading

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Fireworks on the 4th of July

Every year, communities across the country celebrate Independence Day with displays of fireworks on the 4th of July. Those displays can be especially breathtaking when they’re reflected off the water here in the Tampa Bay area, and Madeira Beach and Treasure Island have fireworks displays worthy of every “oooh” and “aaaah.” Where’s the best place… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | The Club at Treasure Island

Member Highlight | The Club at Treasure Island

Top-flight Event Venue on the Beach “The Club at Treasure Island is a private membership club, true,” says Director of Marketing Joshua Cruz, “but we are also an attractive and affordable event venue on the beach for a variety of non-members’ special events.” Founded in 1972 as the Treasure Island Yacht & Tennis Club, this… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | Florida d’ Signs

Member Highlight | Florida d’ Signs

Owner: Andrea Yeager-Munsey 727-363-3866 http://www.floridadsigns.com/ Signs and … Hurricane shields! You’ve heard that old saying about necessity being the mother of invention? In Andrea Yeager-Munsey’s case, it was frustration, not necessity, that led her to start her current enterprise, Florida d’ Signs. “Andrea had a thriving water sport business for years along the beaches,” says… Continue Reading

Treasure Islettes Donation

Treasure Islettes Donation

The Treasure Islettes, the thriving women’s club of Treasure Island, have supported their community and other organizations since their inception in 1955. This year, the Islettes donated $32,300 for academic scholarships, the Treasure Island City Recreation summer camp, the Police Department, the Treasure Island Public works as well as to the Honor Flight. Four recipients… Continue Reading

Member Highlight | Baby’s Away

Member Highlight | Baby’s Away

Owner: Debbie Fisher 727-316-1233 / 800-252-0254 https://babysaway.com/   Keeping Vacations Carefree! Your ideal Florida vacation is in peril: You’re flying to the Sunshine State with an infant, a toddler, and a six-year old. “What were we thinking?” you ask your spouse. Three children in six years? And a trip to visit your parents on the… Continue Reading

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: RGA Network

MEMBER HIGHLIGHT: RGA Network

RGA Network Founder and Chief Idea Officer: Mark O’Donnell 727-433-2774 RGAnetwork.net https://www.facebook.com/RGANetwork/   Wall Street Marketing at Main Street Prices When Mark O’Donnell laid the groundwork for Revenue Generating Activities, he introduced a fresh approach to professional business networking in Pinellas County. “I’d had years of networking experience,” says Mark, “but most of the groups… Continue Reading

Beach Access is now more accessible

Beach Access is now more accessible

Beach visitors who use wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers will now have easier access to Treasure Island’s white sand beaches. “We finished putting the MobiMat® Recpath™ in place at about eleven this morning,” said Justin Tramble of the City Recreation Department on April 27. “I went later in the afternoon and there were hundreds of people… Continue Reading

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Florida CraftArt presents: “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life”

Exhibition dates: April 6 to May 29, 2018 Florida CraftArt opened the exhibition “Dia de los Muertos – A Celebration of Life” — to a crowd of 400 people. Forty-two artists from around the country were judged by Dirk Armstrong, Assistant Curator for the Dali Museum, who presented the awards. The works represent a variety… Continue Reading

Treasure Islettes Fundraiser a Success!

Treasure Islettes Fundraiser a Success!

  TREASURE ISLAND–The Treasure Islettes, the women’s club of Treasure Island, held its twelfth annual fashion show and luncheon on Saturday, March 17, at The Club at Treasure Island. More than 240 women attended and enjoyed watching club members model spring fashions courtesy of Dillard’s Department Store. Sharen’s Flowers and Gifts provided the centerpieces in… Continue Reading

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

Board Chairman Joe Dise Attended Governor’s Dinner

TREASURE ISLAND | MADEIRA BEACH – Early in March, the Chairman of the Board of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, Joe Dise (Dise Wealth Management), and his wife, Erin, attended Governor Rick Scott’s Leadership Dinner at the Governor’s mansion in Tallahassee. “The evening was an intimate gathering,” said Dise in describing… Continue Reading

Sikorski Joins Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach

Sikorski Joins Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach

Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach  anounces te addition of  Richard Sikorski to its shop as a Real Estate Advisor, dedicated to serving the specialized, residential property needs within the area. “Mr. Sikorski brings over 25 years of experience and a passion for international real estate to our team,” stated Cherie Pattishall, License Partner of Engel… Continue Reading

Health Fair | Trade Show | Car Show

TREASURE ISLAND ­­— The 2nd Annual Health Fair and Trade Show, sponsored jointly by the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce (TIMB Chamber), Revenue Generating Activities (RGA) Network, the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Seminole Chamber of Commerce, is set for Saturday, April 21, from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m., at… Continue Reading

TIMB Chamber Presents Mayors’ Prayer Lunch

Treasure Island, FL ­­— The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach (TIMB) Chamber of Commerce presents the 14th Annual Mayors’ Prayer Lunch at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 23, at The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Current Mayor Bob Minning and former Mayor Mary Maloof have presided over the event for the past… Continue Reading

Chamber President at Visit Florida Summit

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Missy H. Hahn, president of the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce, attended the Visit Florida Tourism Leadership Summit in West Palm Beach December 11-13. The summit was “designed to explore insights, issues, and trends facing the travel and tourism industry and encourage meaningful dialogue among Florida tourism industry… Continue Reading

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