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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

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 | Baby’s Away

Member Highlight | Baby’s Away

Owner: Debbie Fisher 727-316-1233 / 800-252-0254   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

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

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

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

Top Artists win Awards at CraftArt Festival 2017

St. Petersburg, FL–– The nation’s top contemporary craft artists came from 19 states to display and sell their creations at Florida CraftArt’s 20th Annual CraftArt Festival. The two-day festival, presented by RE/MAX METRO, was held on November 18 and 19, at Central Avenue and 5th Street in downtown St. Petersburg, kicks off the Holiday shopping… Continue Reading

Holiday Happenings on Treasure Island

Santa’s Mailbox – December 4 through December 15, Santa will personally answer letters from all boys and girls who drop off or mail letters to his mailbox located in front of the Treasure Island City Hall at 120 108th Avenue. Santa’s elves remind everyone to have a return address on their letters. An Afternoon at the North… Continue Reading

Gators Café & Saloon Donates $21,175 for MobiMat® Recpath™ Beach Access Mat

TREASURE ISLAND, FLORIDA — Gators Café & Saloon, a subsidiary of HCI Group, Inc., donated $21,175 to the City of Treasure Island for the purchase of a MobiMat® Recpath™ to be installed at Treasure Island Gulf Front Park, 10400 Gulf Blvd. Paresh Patel, Chairman and CEO of HCI Group, Inc., presented the check on behalf… Continue Reading

Yoga for the Turtles October 22

 Madeira Beach, FL – Local studio Madeira Beach Yoga hosts Yoga for the Turtles, a community yoga class to benefit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) Sea Turtle Nesting program. Yoga for the Turtles takes place on Sunday, October 22 from 8:30 a.m. till 10 a.m. It begins with a one-hour, all-levels yoga class held on the… Continue Reading

Treasure Island/Madeira Beach Chamber certified as a Visit Florida Travel Information Center

TREASURE ISLAND—VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, named the Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce as its newest Certified Travel Information Center on August 21, announced Chamber President Missy H. Hahn. “This makes our office the first and only state-certified Travel Information Center on Treasure Island,” noted Hahn, “and we are… Continue Reading


Visit St. Pete/Clearwater provided the following information for us to share with our members and visitors. Dear Industry Partners At a press conference held this morning, the Florida Department of Health confirmed it is investigating a local case of Zika in Pinellas County/Tampa Bay area. However it is unclear where the case was acquired and… Continue Reading

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