Red Tide hazard issued along SW Florida beaches

Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-30 09:59:43-04

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Tide advisory from Sarasota to Bonita Springs through Monday evening.

While not included in the advisory, Collier County officials report dead fish and respiratory irritation on Vanderbilt Beach between Vanderbilt Beach Rd. and Delnor-Wiggins State Park.  Although no red tide was found in samples on Collier beaches Monday, red tide levels to the north and offshore have intensified.  

Winds are pushing the red tide bloom further south, and large amounts of dead fish are washing ashore on Manasota Key closer to where the red tide is concentrated.

Fox 4's Sam Sosa reports from Vanderbilt Beach on Friday morning that no dead fish are to be found on the beach, and that beach goes were strolling and wading in the water.

Beach visitors are warned to use caution if they have breathing problems or asthma, because red tide can aggravate these problems.