The terrifying red tide reached one of the best tourist destinations in the country: the beaches of Clearwater. Although this toxic algae has been detected slightly in Pinellas County (which includes famous beaches of St.Pete and Clearwater), it is a major concern for area residents.
This natural phenomenon has been attacking the waters of the bays of southwestern Florida for months, affecting from marine life animals to businesses that are in the area.
According to the Sarasota County authorities, more than 300 tons of dead fish have been removed from the sea in recent days.
But the worst also came for residents of Pinellas County, who are now worried that the same thing will happen in their waters. According to the famous travel website, TripAdvisor, the beaches of Clearwater were named the best in the United States in 2018, but now everything can change by the red tide.
“Saltwater Destinatio” is one of the businesses renting chairs and beach umbrellas that is located in Madeira Beach, its owners fear for the loss of their business.
“This is basically our daily bread,” said one of the owners, Tyler Wells at Bay News 9. “We’re here since the solo goes out until it’s gone. If there is danger in the sea, that could close our doors “.
Although recent reports of red tide in Clearwater are slight, the owners of this business have detected a tourist fall on the beach.
“For now, it touches wood but we have been lucky in Madeira Beach to continue seeing clear water, but I think the fear factor is affecting the flow of traffic and we have noticed that it is quieter than normal,” Wells told Bay News. .
This red tide has been affecting the beaches of Florida for more than 10 months but has worsened in recent weeks. Fish, dolphins, turtles and other aquatic animals have been found dead on the beaches due to the toxic water where they are living.
Governor Rick Scott declared Florida in a state of emergency.
“I am issuing an emergency declaration to provide significant funds and resources to the communities that are experiencing the red tide so we can fight these terrible impacts,” Governor Scott said in a statement on Monday.
The red tide is a natural phenomenon that has been affecting the Gulf Coast of Florida since 1840, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. It is caused by the growth and accumulation of microscopic algae that release toxins, but this year has been one of the worst and for now, we do not know when it will end.
Source: Noticias Ya