Water-Related News

Red tide alert: Bloom could impact weekend beach plans in Pinellas County

PINELLAS COUNTY – The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County released a statement Friday [Jan. 8th] saying a red tide bloom has been found along the county’s coastal beaches.

Health officials say “some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation similar to cold symptoms.”

People with breathing problems such as asthma might experience more severe symptoms.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, Pinellas County officials ask you stay away from beach areas or go into an air-conditioned space. If your symptoms do not go away, please contact your doctor.