Anne Juliano
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Naples Red Tide Status

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Over the recent weeks, I’ve received many inquiries involving the Naples red tide status among area beaches. In between answering questions on “What is it?” and “How bad is it? – I thought it might be helpful to offer some explanation on this particular facet of life which occurs among coastal communities throughout the world. Simply put, red tide refers to a natural phenomenon associated with algae blooms. It shouldn’t be considered as something for these have taken place along coastal areas of the world since the dawn of recorded history. This involves an exceeding large amassing of seafaring microorganisms such as protozoans, species of plankton and algae.  Amidst our Gulf waters, there is a particular species known as Karenia Brevis and when this gathers in gargantuan concentrations, there are dire consequences. The toxins produced will kill fish in large numbers which sadly includes mammals naples red tide statuslike dolphin, and we’ve certainly seen our unfortunate share of this washing-up upon our otherwise scenic shores. What’s more, when the remnants of such algae blooms become airborne, it wreaks havoc on beach visitors. You can experience burning eyes, itchy throat and respiratory discomfort. IT ISN”T GOOD FOR YOUR PETS EITHER. The Naples red tide status has been especially perplexing this year, not to mention, sensationalized in the news thanks in some part to the political season and varied candidates pledging to do something about it. There is science which strongly indicates that the discharge of freshwater into the Gulf, combined with run off of chemicals in agricultural processes, contributes to the creation and prevalence of these algae blooms. There are studies as well as efforts underway to mitigate the impact in some supposed time within a distant soon, or so it has been reported. Meanwhile, what’s important to remember is that these red tides tend to be of a seasonal nature, they do not last for long, and we can all look forward to cooler weather and colder waters which collectively help to diminish these blooms.


Red tide is not the same as red drift. There are occasions when larger species of algae detach from their holds among the depths to wash ashore. You may have seen such on the beach. Unlike red tide, the drift is not toxic. It does however become a little smelly as it begins to decay. For the record, for those of us who love the beach and value life, sealife included, the Naples red tide status is something we take very seriously. On another level, the beauty and integrity of our beaches directly relates to our tourism-based economy as well as the overall quality of life we experience as residents. I’m encouraging friends to join me in advocating for the discovery and implementation of solutions because our waters, its inhabitants and our coastal areas are so precious to not simply deserve, but demand protection.


Fortunately, again, red tide can disappear soon after it has appeared. For those who have been wavering on the purchase of beachfront real estate because of the Naples red tide status this year, just be assured, the good and pleasant days along our beaches far outnumber the bad. And for those interested in tracking the Naples red tide status, here’s a very cool tool which comes from SO-COOL (that’s the Sarasota Operations Coastal Oceans Observation Lab). This tool allows you to click on beaches along the coast and see images, learn about amenities and also determine the Naples red tide status.


Click Image Below to Track Naples Red Tide Status Among Area Beaches

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Click on image to track red tide conditions


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