The Tampa Tribune reports today that Red Tide is beginning to impact some beaches in Sarasota County, from Venice up to Siesta Key and Lido Key. It seems that the large "bloom" of Red Tide, about 12 miles long and 6 miles wide, may have moved into our general area. It had lingered off the Charlotte County coastline last week but "is now causing the dead fish to wash up on shore" in the Sarasota area, according to the Tribune.
A survey by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission is less specific and notes only that evidence of Red Tide is seen at very low levels along some beaches in the Sarasota area. The next summary by Fish & Wildlife will be out on Friday.