A year ago, toxic red tide took over Florida’s Gulf Coast. What would it take to stop it next time?

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In piecing together this chain of events, scientists have found yet another player ‘ Richard Pierce and his team study the effect of Florida red tide on bivalves at the Mote Marine Laboratory.

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A bloom of the naturally occurring Florida red tide algae, Karenia brevis, is visible off the coast of Sarasota, Florida in August 2018. Image Credit: Vince Lovko/Mote Marine Laboratory

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‘When one considers the complexity of red tide in Florida, it is several times more complex than a hurricane,’ says Gary Kirkpatrick, an expert in phytoplankton ecology at Mote. ‘And the actual initiation of the red tide growth is pretty much a mystery. We don’t know what the trigger mechanism is.’

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‘We have so many new residents that for a lot of people in Florida, this was actually the worst bloom they’ve experienced,’ Heil says. ‘And it’s a huge health problem.’

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After months of watching a wrenching natural catastrophe unfolding in slow motion across Florida’s Gulf Coast and hoping against hope it wouldn’t move to the Atlantic, Miami’s dreaded day has come at last: Red tide is here.

We are taking this proactive step to ensure our residents and visitors are not affected as we collect samples in other areas for state testing. We will continue to seek guidance from the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and take precautionary measures as needed. https://t.co/ZasZwQbPqP

Publisher: Miami New Times
Date: 2018-10-04T07:55:00-04:00
Author: Tim Elfrink
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Red Tide shows up in Senate race and by Pinellas beaches – WMNF

Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop.’The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state’s ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper reports that Scott was forced to use the back door and that he left after just ten minutes. Members of the crowd shouted ‘coward’ at the governor as he was leaving.

Publisher: WMNF
Date: 2018-09-17T22:08:18+00:00
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2018 Year in Review: The year of red tide and lots of good-byes

This year we lost Isabelle, we lost Tim, and Freddy, Cassie, Mark, Dylan, Jewel, Nancy and Patty ‘ the list goes on and on. We lost not only dear Barbara Bush but Former President George H.W. as well. We also lost The Fishery.

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The Barrier Island Parks Society announced it would be partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory and offering wading adventures programs at local public schools. Mote Marine hosted a five-year anniversary open house to celebrate its efforts of outreach in marine education in Boca Grande.

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The Lee County Hearing Examiner’s office in Fort Myers became a rather heated place on Tuesday, Jan. 9 as the discussion regarding a road between Boca Grande Isles and Three Sisters Island and its proposed variances was continued from a preceding December meeting. The judge stated it would take months to reach a decision.

Publisher: Boca Beacon
Date: 2018-12-28T16:21:51+00:00
Author: Marcy Shortuse
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High concentrations of red tide found offshore Pinellas

A map released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Aug. 29 shows concentrations found inshore and offshore Pinellas County ranging from not present to high, as depicted by the colored circles. Gray and white circles indicate background and very low concentrations. Yellow circles are locations where red tide was found at low concentrations, orange circle show locations with medium concentrations, and red circles are locations where concentrations were high.

FWC’s midweek report on Aug. 29 says high concentrations of red tide were observed 10 miles offshore. It is the first time since signs of red tide started moving north up the coast and along the county’s shoreline that high concentrations have been reported in Pinellas.

Publisher: TBNweekly
Author: SUZETTE PORTER Tampa Bay Newspapers
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