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Unread 15 May 19, 06:35 PM  
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We are staying on Anna Maria now and the water and beach is gorgeous
Thats really helpful thanks. How long are you staying?👍
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This is the site you need if your beach monitoring visitbeaches/ its part of the Mote aquarium so more science based. We were there last August and didn't go to the beach a major bummer
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We went to naples last summer and only managed a few days on the beach - was gutted as planned on visiting a few places but there were too many dead fish. Looked at returning this year but didnt want to risk it so we are back to disney. I love the gulf coast - really hope the local businesses recover from last year
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This is an interesting read. Just found on the AMI Facebook page Im on

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Red tide is a natural occurrence off Fl Gulf waters usually between Nov to Feb. Unfortunately last year saw a terrible time for all in WSW Fl due to the release of cyanobacteria (blue/green algae) laden waters that clashed with red tide devastating so much of the coastlines marine life, over 10% (700+) of Fl's manatee for example. Cyanobacteria tends to grow due to every conceivable run-off from northern Fl, thro Orlando and into Lake O, from human waste (broken septics) to animal waste to Roundup and phosphates from Mosaic to sugar factory discharges, basically everything ends up in Lake O where it ferments, along come the summer rains, Lake O hits 17 feet and the Army Corp of Engineers open the gates releasing that filth, generally, West. Cyano meets red tide = WSW Fl is in the clarts. They were releasing both East and West but substantially reduced releases to the East, some say due, in part, to Trumps, Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fl home on the East coastline.

Having returned from Bokelia today, apparently red tide has been sitting a few miles out for well over a year, and whilst we've had a superb winter without a sniff of red tide, even when out boating in the Gulf, many are very concerned at the visible thick covering of cyanobacteria that will be released into the Caloosahatchee River this summer. Whilst we stay on the north end of the island the winter fishing hasn't been too bad, tho the damage saw Pine Island Fisheries close after 60+ years as they couldn't buy/sell seafood, it also caused the demise of individual commercial fishermen, plus many stopped eating seafood. 17 miles south in St James City it's dire, an avid fisherman who heads out at least 4 times a week during his circa 4 month, Jan to May stay caught 6 fish in those 4 month! Saint James City Fish House are barely hanging in, another summer of filth ridden waters will finish that business too.

Here's hoping WSW Fl don't see another meeting of red tide and cyano as it may cause the demise of more commercial fishing businesses and further devastation for visitors.
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We are here now and there is no sign of red tide at all, been on the beach all day, no smell, no dead fish, no breathing problems. It is beautiful here at the moment.
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Originally Posted by Floridarules View Post
Thats really helpful thanks. How long are you staying?👍
Weve been here for nearly 3 weeks, go home on Saturday.
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