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Old 04-27-2021, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Rookie question...How often does the red tide come in and does it usually stay long?
Its totally unpredictable. Lately, we've had some level of it every year for the past 3 years. I didnt live here before that for 20 years, so I cant speak to those years.

This year its been mild so far. Last year it wasn't so bad either, but the year before that, we got hammered.

They are trying to fix it, but it takes time and Billions of Dollars. The goal is to stop releasing the tainted high nitrogen level water from lake Okechobee into other bodies of water. The lake's retention walls need to be built up and strengthened, and a series of filtering reservoires need to be used so the water can then be safely released into the Everglades, when water levels are too high to be contained in the lake.

Our Governor pitched in a lot of Florida taxpayers money to start this construction, & the feds were to match it, but I dont know if that ever happened. It was a Washington DC political football during the last administration.
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:01 AM
 
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Morning...looking at the Mote report it mentions drift algae and water color (whether or not it is clear and one can see the bottom). Not clear on the difference between drift algae and red tide when viewing the water? What does the water on Lido look like now in person? Anyone checked it out yesterday or today? Thanks in advance.

https://visitbeaches.org/beach/4/report/2146
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Old 05-06-2021, 06:55 AM
 
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I'm at Venice Beach nearly every day and I haven't seen or smelled anything unusual. The water is clear and delightfully warm. We spend hours at the beach, either watching the sunset, walking or reading on the beach during the day and neither of us has noticed any irritants.
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Old 05-06-2021, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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I'm at Venice Beach nearly every day and I haven't seen or smelled anything unusual. The water is clear and delightfully warm. We spend hours at the beach, either watching the sunset, walking or reading on the beach during the day and neither of us has noticed any irritants.
You're giving me beach envy........
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Old 05-06-2021, 09:06 AM
 
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You're giving me beach envy........
Hi Sunshine! Your posts on this thread have been so very helpful. I'm grateful to all the posters who contribute to these forums/threads - even when I don't agree with them ; ) but I always agree with yours!
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:57 PM
 
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I was down in Osprey near the intercoastal today and noticed a distinct sewage odor that would not subside---is this due to the red tide? Very fowl smelling Not sure if I want to venture into the Gulf when it warms up in a couple of weeks
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Old Yesterday, 07:12 AM
 
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SW FL always has more red tide clyde.
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Old Yesterday, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I was down in Osprey near the intercoastal today and noticed a distinct sewage odor that would not subside---is this due to the red tide? Very fowl smelling Not sure if I want to venture into the Gulf when it warms up in a couple of weeks
Not according to the Red Tide reports. I know we have some Red Drift algae around right now, & that can smell if it's thick enough, and isn't removed from the beach.

Or it was a sewage spill. Cities, Counties, & the media can be slow at reporting spills unless it presents an immediate threat to public health.
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Old Today, 12:29 PM
 
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I live in Punta Gorda. The harbor is a couple miles from me and I don't smell anything. However the last week my nose has been more runny and coughing.
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Old Today, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I live in Punta Gorda. The harbor is a couple miles from me and I don't smell anything. However the last week my nose has been more runny and coughing.
Punta Gorda is not in this forum area, but it does have some Red Tide...

https://myfwc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/V...ec711d16462a72
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