Red tide video goes viral


CHARLOTTE COUNTY – Video of red tide victims has goes viral, and helps highlight the need for environmental oversight.

Chris O’Neill , a fishing boat captain out of Boca Grande, says he hasn’t worked in two weeks because of fish–kills from the red tide.

According to the Herald-Tribune the Port Charlotte resident has been working with the Florida Fish and Wildlife to tag Giant Grouper.

O’Neill did two short Facebook videos featuring dead grouper, snook, and tarpon from the red tide on the Suncoast.

One of the videos has been viewed more than 3 million times.

He wants residents to hold state officials accountable for the problem and its effects.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at


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