Businesses impacted by the red tide may still apply for SBA assistance online at disasterloan.sba.gov until June 4, 2019.
Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (PRNR) staff continues to monitor the beaches each day and evaluates in accordance with the beach cleanup policy. All beaches remain open. Please use the SeeClickFix app to bring potential concerns to our attention.
Sarasota County collected more than 255 tons of red tide debris since Aug. 1, 2018.
About Red Tide
Florida red tide is a higher-than-normal concentration of a naturally occurring, microscopic algae called Karenia brevis, often abbreviated as K. brevis. It produces brevetoxins — powerful and potent neurotoxins — that can kill marine animals and be harmful to humans.
Red tides form many miles offshore, sometimes causing no impact to humans. However, when red tides travel inshore on wind and water currents, they can cause respiratory irritation among beachgoers, especially those who have underlying lung diseases. - Mote Marine Laboratory
One of the most frequent symptoms people experience during a Karenia brevis red tide is respiratory irritation. If you have ever visited a beach during a red tide, you may have experienced the "red tide tickle" which can include itchy throat and coughing.
Brevetoxins, chemicals produced by Florida red tide, may also irritate pre-existing respiratory conditions including asthma. Persons with asthma are advised to bring their inhaler to the beach during a red tide or avoid the area until conditions improve. Some swimmers experience skin irritation and rashes after swimming in waters with a severe red tide. They have also reported eye irritation from the sea foam.
In some red tides, dead fish wash ashore; during these conditions it is advised that beachgoers avoid swimming in water where dead fish are present. - Florida Department of Health