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Old 12-21-2015, 12:16 PM   #21
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NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Operational Forecast System: Operational Conditions Reports

It's not quite that clear cut. With a med to high red tide, you go to the beach because you have to. The air odor is pungent and it burns the eyes.People with respiratory problems can be affected. At present,it is not too bad at the upper end of Charlotte Harbor. Haven't been to the beaches.

Fox 4 News in Fort Meyers reports when Red Tide becomes intolerable. So far, they have said nothing. Wind has a lot to do with Red Tide hitting the the beaches, When the wind is out of the NE, it pushes it a little more off shore.

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Old 12-21-2015, 12:18 PM   #22
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We aren't going to swim but love walking on the beach every day. We'll bring masks and hope we don't need them.
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Old 12-21-2015, 01:13 PM   #23
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Red tide

Just spent a week on Gulf Shores and now second week on forgotten coast on the beach no problem.
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Old 12-21-2015, 01:27 PM   #24
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Happens every year maybe around this time (sarasota area)......Does not last long...It would not last the 12 weeks that you are there...In the mean time there is lots to do!!!!
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Old 12-21-2015, 01:34 PM   #25
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don't worry about we lived there 3 years in Panama city and had red tide 2 years in a row and we walked the beach and swam in it. just wouldn't eat any of the fish because the mercury will be too high in fish
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #26
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I would say that They will RISK falling on ICE in Fla! Rather than stay in the North! Youroo!!
No, my point was...ah forget it.. i'll chance the risk.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:05 PM   #27
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When it does decide to stick around it can be a problem for anyone's airway & you really do not know until you experience it to find out if you are sensitive.

That said : dogs on the beach : DO NOT LET THEM GO!!! As a veterinarian I see the dead pet from ingesting anything containing red tide ....and that includes chasing a ball in the sand along the shore. Keep in mind there will be some buried fish carcasses that they will find & ingest even after red tide has passed ....
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:30 PM   #28
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I would say that They will RISK falling on ICE in Fla! Rather than stay in the North! Youroo!!
When does Youroo go south for the Winter?
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Old 12-21-2015, 04:08 PM   #29
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Anyone concerned or changing/canceling your Florida plans due to the toxic red tide?? Looks to be pretty much up and down the gulf side.
We have relatives who live near Tampa and they are staying away from
the beach. Others we know were going to Destin area and they have chronic
respiratory issues and they may not go even tho they have a house rented for 12 weeks right after Christmas.

Red Tide - Statewide Status

We live in the Tampa Bay area just a couple of miles from the Gulf of Mexico and it hasn't been any kind of a problem so far. We haven't even seen any dead fish or had any bed smell that accompanies it. So in my opinion come on down. It's supposed to be in the mid 80s on Christmas. So far we've not had any cold weather at all although I would guess that the gulf water is cold. We don't swim if the water is under 80 degrees. But...we are retired old timers and can't stand cold!

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Old 12-21-2015, 04:11 PM   #30
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We experience it several time going to the Patrick AFB Officers Club in Melbourne, FL on the Atlantic Ocean. I had to drop everyone at the door and completely cover my mouth and nose to breath after parking the car. It was unbelievably bad. You could not stay anywhere near it.

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