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 a result of Red Tide. Our Public Works crews have removed small amounts of fish from isolated areas of beach, however, it appears the fish have been dead for quite some time and have washed in with the tides.
We are working closely with Pinellas County Environmental Services which performs water quality testing daily. As of August 22nd, dead fish were observed at Pass-A-Grille, Redington Beach, and Ft. De Soto. No other indicators, including smells or discolored water were observed. We have provided a link to those reports on the front page of our website.
Madeira Beach also has a standing agreement with Treasure Island to share resources should they be needed. If Madeira Beach begins seeing significant impacts of Red Tide we stand ready to respond with the equipment, manpower and resources to remove dead fish from our shoreline as soon as the tides allow it.
The Treasure Island & Madeira Beach Chamber of Commerce continues to monitor the red tide impact not only along our Pinellas Beaches, but in neighboring communities affected by the bloom.
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
Visit our past articles about red tide: