TC PALM: As crisis worsens, government needs to move at the speed of algae

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. August 23, 2018.

So here's what I don't understand about what happened Wednesday, when Bathtub Reef Beach was closed due to blue-green algae:

We knew this was coming, right? This was the first beach closure of 2018, but we had numerous beach closures in 2016, last time the algae gummed up our waters.

That it happened again was sad and alarming. But it shouldn't have been unexpected.

So the lifeguards put up the double red flags, and later a sign near the pavilion saying "Harmful algae may be present." But many in the water had no idea what was going on; some swimmers told TCPalm they didn't understand what the double red flags meant. One was knee-deep in the surf when reporter Tyler Treadway said, uh, you should probably get out of the water.

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