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Newest red tide report: 'Most encouraging that we've seen in quite a while'

Pinellas County received a new red tide report, sampling beaches along the coast. The county communications director said this is the most encouraging report the county has seen in a while. "All of the sampling from Madeira Beach to Fred Howard Park showed no red tide presence," said Tony Fabrizio. "We did have low to medium concentrations from Treasure Island to Fort Desoto." On the county website, there are resources to show the impacts of red tide, including a respiratory forecast. That forecast looks at three factors: the presence of the red tide organism Karenia brevis, wind direction, and wind intensity. "If you have a strong onshore wind," said Fabrizio. "It's going to be blowing right at you, you're probably going to notice it." The Florida Wildlife Commission oversees educational campaigns surrounding red tide. Most of which is done online. FWC's website is filled with resources to track, report, and forecast red tide conditions. Social media is also a well-used tool in informing the public of current conditions. MORE: https://bit.ly/3m08clj ►Subscribe: https://on.wtsp.com/youtube ►Website: https://www.wtsp.com/ ►Facebook: https://facebook.com/10TampaBay ►Twitter: https://twitter.com/10TampaBay

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