Water-Related News

More Red Tide detected as Pinellas issues health warning

Those using the beaches should watch out for respiratory issues and eye, nose and throat irritation as blooms are found further north toward Clearwater Beach.

Health officials in Pinellas warned Friday that respiratory issues could be caused by a Red Tide bloom off the county’s coast.

The state also reported a bloom concentration of Red Tide off Sand Key, further north and closer to Clearwater Beach than had been previously detected.

The county, meanwhile, said its own monitoring on Friday found high levels of Red Tide — greater concentrations than had been announced previously — off Sand Key, Indian Rocks Beach and Madeira Beach, as well as in the Intracoastal Waterway by Isle of Capri in Treasure Island.

Fish kills have been reported off the shore recently, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, including off Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Gulfport and Tierra Verde.