MIAMI HERALD: We already have a red tide crisis. Here’s why it may not go away any time soon.

Miami Herald: Written by Mark Young. August 24, 2018.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is reporting an outbreak of Trichodesmium, sometimes called a brown tide, in waters offshore of Manatee County.

It is a separate species but similar to the well-documented Karenia brevis, a photosynthetic organism responsible for the persistent red tide hitting Manatee and other nearby counties along 130 miles of coastline. Concerns are now being raised that if the two blooms merge, it could essentially deepen an ongoing red tide.

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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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NEWS PRESS: Florida toxic algae a long-term health concern, according to scientists, researchers

News Press: Written by Amy Bennett Williams. August 22, 2018.

Its mission is “to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts,” but Florida’s Department of Health has remained quiet as the blue-green algae/red tide crisis has escalated into an unprecedented toxic calamity.

Over the last month, the department hasn't made mention of either algae or red tide on its widely followed Twitter and Facebook accounts, yet has posted eight times about growing and cooking sweet corn. Nor are toxic algae or red tide included in the "Trending Topics" of the department's website.

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FEEDY TV: Florida declares ‘State of Emergency’ after toxic red tide outbreak

Feedy TV: August 21, 2018.

Florida has declared a state of emergency after a toxic bloom of algae, known as red tide, has spread throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The red tide is a naturally occurring event, however it is exacerbated by sewage and fertiliser pollution from farms, and this year’s red tide is bigger and has lasted longer than in previous years.

The toxic bloom in the sea has made breathing difficult for those living in the area, as well as driving. away tourists, affecting income for local businesses and killing countless fish and marine life. Florida governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in seven counties, stretching from Tampa Bay south to the Everglades, and promised $1.5 million in emergency funding, reports The Washington Post.

Residents have reported respiratory problems from vapours coming off the red tide, making breathing difficult for those in the affected area. Worst of all, massive amounts of fish and other sea creature have been washing up on the shore due to the ‘lethally high concentrations of algae’.

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TC PALM: Ron DeSantis says 'send the water south' during Stuart campaign visit to view toxic algae

TC Palm: Written by Ali Schmitz. August 20, 2018.

During a tour of the St. Lucie River Monday, Rep. Ron DeSantis, the current front-runner in the Republican primary for governor, pledged to support policies that reduce the need to discharge freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the east and west coasts.

DeSantis met with local lawmakers, scientists, environmental advocates and local business leaders about how algal blooms in the river have hurt the environment and the local economy. TCPalm was the only news outlet on the boat where DeSantis met with locals.

DeSantis said one of the first things he would do if elected governor is appoint people who better understand the impacts of algae on the coasts to the South Florida Water Management District. 

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CNN: Florida's toxic algae problem and your health: 'Red tide' and 'green slime'

CNN: Written by Michael Nedelman. August 18, 2018.

When Marcy Cornell's toddler son "couldn't breathe" on the first day of their recent Florida vacation, she took him straight to the emergency room.

"Before they even asked me anything else ... they said, 'Did you go to the beach today?' " she recalled.

Doctors said her son had upper airway inflammation "brought on by the red tide," she said.

Evan, almost 2 years old, is doing just fine now. But the warning signs were there from the start.

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NEWS PRESS: Millions of pounds of dead fish have washed up on our beaches. This is what happens to them next

News Press: Written by Chad Gillis. August 17, 2018.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Angel Almaguer backed a waste truck into the middle of a trash storage building the size of a high school gymnasium.

The gate on the back of the truck swung open and everything from tiny baitfish to massive Goliath grouper, huge snook, untold numbers of eels and puffed up puffer fish fell to the concrete ground.

With horseshoe crabs flanking the main pile, the mass of dead fish and sea critters looked like a seafood Sundae from a horror film.

It smelled worse.

This was the 90th truckload of dead fish and sea debris that's been processed in the last three weeks at the Lee County Solid Waste facility on Buckingham Road. From here the carcasses will be transported to the incinerator and burned.

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WINK: Millennial Brewing hosts fundraiser to help business hit hard by water woes

WINK News: Written by Kelsey Kushner. August 17, 2018.

From red tide to blue-green algae, the water crisis is hitting small businesses hard.

For some, customers are few and far between, but an event Friday night aimed to lend a helping hand.

Millennial Brewing Company held a fundraiser, and local restaurants that are in need of customers set up shop right on the street.

We saw hundreds of people out supporting the local businesses who say they are taking a devastating hit from both the red tide and the green algae.

Christine Miller, Owner of Snook Hut Bait & Tackle says customers at the Hut are few and far between, “We have compared numbers we went back from last year and up to August sales were down about $30,000.”

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WINK: Mote Marine scientist says US Sugar is misusing her words for an agenda

WINK News: Written by Kelsey Kushner. August 14, 2018.

A lot of fingers are pointing at big sugar and releases from Lake Okeechobee as causes for our historically bad red tide.

Now, the country’s largest sugar company, U.S. Sugar in Clewiston, is fighting back.

They’re using a Mote Marine scientist’s words as evidence to distance themselves from red tide, and that scientist is telling WINK News exclusively that they’re misusing her statement and she wants no part of it.

“They’re kind of using what we were saying to their benefit,” said Mote Marine scientist Dr. Tracy Fanara.

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CBS 10: Dolphin tracked since 2006 found dead amid red tide outbreak; total now up to 11

CBS 10: Written by Andrew Krietz. August 13, 2018.

Two more dead bottlenose dolphins have been recovered amid southwest Florida's red tide outbreak, bringing the total to 11 since last Tuesday.

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium's Stranding Investigation Program recovered the dolphins Sunday morning, according to Hayley Rutger, its content development manager.

The 11th dolphin was a 12-year-old named Speck, who was being tracked since birth by the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. He spent most of his time in the area of Siesta, Casey and Lido keys and had been documented more than 340 times, according to the group.

Necropsies are ongoing or will be conducted on all the animals to figure out their cause of death. The toxic red tide appears to be the leading candidate, however, having already killed thousands of fish, manatees, sea turtles and other marine life in recent weeks.

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