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Red Tide on our Beaches

Red Tide on our Beaches

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 Saturday, October 13, show the harmful algae bloom (HAB) of Krenia brevis concentration ranges from low to high along our beaches.

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s current beach conditions report says that as of late afternoon on October 15, the storm surge from Hurricane Michael brought dark and cloudy waters to our beaches, but several areas, including Treasure Island, Sunset Beach, and St. Pete Beach, now report normal conditions. Madeira Beach had only a slight odor and discoloration, and mild respiratory effects.

Other helpful links:

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) injury disaster loans application.

Pinellas County’s page for information on who to call for clean-up assistance.

Hotel damage assessment form.

Red tide rack card

FWC status website

FWC’s red tide FAQ page 

Map of red tide on our beaches from Pinellas County Environmental Management.
SATURDAY conditions still showed varying concentrations of red tide on our beaches. By Sunday, conditions were much improved.

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:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA Current Conditions

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.

What is Red Tide?



VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

VSPC Red Tide Update 9/14

The VSPC red tide update for September 14 shows low to high concentrations of the Karenia brevis Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) at 11 locations along the Pinellas Suncoast. Even so, we’re pleased that our beaches have not experienced a significant volume of dead marine life washing ashore, thanks to the diligence of Pinellas County Environmental… Continue Reading

Red Tide Impact: Madeira Beach

Red Tide Impact: Madeira Beach

The City of Madeira Beach has released the following in response to questions about the red tide impact in our community: The City of Madeira Beach is closely monitoring our beaches for possible red tide impact. While communities to our south have been impacted, Madeira Beach has so far been spared any major events as… Continue Reading

Anti-straw movement picks up

Anti-straw movement picks up

This is a great article showing the anti-straw movement and how it has been catching on.  Bob Minning, former mayor of Treasure Island, is spear-heading our EPIC program.  We are on the move to get our beaches clean. For more info on our EPIC program – CLICK HERE. Anti-straw movement picks up steam on beaches… Continue Reading

Red Tide Spared Pinellas: August 16

For the most part, red tide spared Pinellas beaches during the recent outbreak that has so beleaguered our neighbors south of the Sunshine Skyway. Airborne toxins did reach up to Fort DeSoto and St. Pete Beach, but the impact was relatively minor. For those of you who want the most recent information about red tide… Continue Reading

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

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

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

REMEMBER: Leave No Trace!

FROM THE TREASURE ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT: TREASURE ISLAND—The Treasure Island City Commission enacted a “Leave No Trace” ordinance last summer. The ordinance prohibits leaving unattended personal property on Treasure Island Beaches between 9:00 pm and 7:00 am daily. Unattended property will be removed by the City, and offenders may face a $93.00 fine. Everyone who… Continue Reading

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