The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is notifying the public of a Red Tide bloom along Pinellas coastal beaches.
In a tweet earlier today, DOH-Pinellas says the Red Tide health alert issued earlier remains in effect. Health officials remind the public to stay away from affected areas if you are sensitive to Karenia brevis.
Lastly, officials say never let pets near dead fish.
In Hillsborough County, health officials say a health alert has been issued for the following beaches: Picnic Island, Davis Island, E.G. Simmons and Bahia.
Caution signs have been placed at Ben T. Davis and Cypress Point due to the presence of red tide in the Tampa Bay area.
The City of Tampa is closely monitoring the red tide situation and in constant contact with our state, local, and regional partners. Tampa employees have removed tons of dead fish and other biomass from our shores, but to date the city has not been impacted nearly to the degree as our neighbors in Pinellas County and elsewhere. That could change quickly, however, if the wind shifts and pushes more dead fish into Tampa Bay. We are working closely with other government agencies and experts to prepare and to help protect Tampa Bay.
- The Department of Solid Waste & Environmental Program Management is prepared to assist in the disposal of dead fish resulting from red tide.
- Residents collecting small amounts of fish, are encouraged to double-bag the fish and place in their curbside blue garbage cart for collection.
- The Department is prepared to expand operations to accommodate mass quantities, if the need arises.