Red Tide in Southwest Florida

By Ashley Wells  |   August 14, 2018

Red tide in Southwest Florida isn’t a new problem. It’s been plaguing our coast each year, even if briefly, since the 1840s. The production of excessive and toxic algae blooms that cause red tide along with the annoying respiratory effects in humans and the dead sea life it creates along the beaches, are never welcome. This year’s effects, however, have been especially troubling.

While red tide in Southwest Florida typically only lasts a few weeks, this year it has persisted for months leading Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency from Tampa Bay down to Naples. Meanwhile, the local community has gone into overdrive cleaning up our beaches and rescuing the distressed marine animals like dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees that are so beloved in Southwest Florida.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has also sent teams of biologists and scientists to assist with clean-up and animal rescue associated with the red tide in Southwest Florida. Between these efforts and the funding provided for fish and wildlife, environmental protection, and health and safety, the situation is being handled as diligently as can be expected.

We anticipate this year’s red tide to pass as it always does and our beaches to emerge beautiful and welcoming once again. In the meantime, the Southwest Florida real estate market is maintaining momentum and the calendar of things to do in the area offers extensive options for keeping you off the beaches while fully emerged in the magic of the paradise coast.

For more information about red tide including what causes it, how to combat it, and what health concerns to be aware of for both you and your pets, read these Red Tide FAQs provided by FWC. You can also volunteer to participate in FWC’s Red Tide Offshore Monitoring Program by filling out their Volunteer Sign-Up Form.


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