MOTE Marine Laboratory testing air quality for red tide
MOTE Marine Laboratory testing air quality for red tide

SARASOTA COUNTY- The Florida Department of Health and MOTE Marine Laboratory agreed to start testing the quality of air in Pinellas, Sarasota and Lee Counties. Venice Laryngologist, Michael Patete says his patients need relief. “These people are being exasperated,” said Patete. “They’re having really bad issue, because they’re unable to even function on their daily […]
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Governor Scott announces the State of Florida will direct a nearly 2.2 million dollar investment to red tide research
Governor Scott announces the State of Florida will direct a nearly 2.2 million dollar investment to red tide research

SARASOTA – New strides in the fight against red tide, and State Rep. Joe Gruters says we have Governor Rick Scott to thank. “We’re so fortunate to have a governor like Rick Scott who really stepped up to the plate to provide this new money for this research,” said State Representive Joe Gruters. Governor Scott […]
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Feel Good Friday: Let’s Eat Englewood
Feel Good Friday: Let’s Eat Englewood

ENGLEWOOD – In this week’s edition of Feel Good Friday, SNN’s Grant Boxleitner spent time at Englewood Beach and Manasota Key. More than 20 Englewood area restaurants are participating in the Fourth Annual “Let’s Eat Englewood,” an event organized by the local chamber of commerce going on through Sept. 28. The participating establishments offers diners […]
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Irma Plus One : Hurricanes or Red Tide
Irma Plus One : Hurricanes or Red Tide

SARASOTA – Day after day pictures of dead fish and nasty looking beaches have covered television screens. “We saw hundreds of fish washed up.” Many businesses near Suncoast beaches have been hit hard because of red tide. Many have lost income and some their businesses. “We’ve experience slow season and red tide but this red tide […]
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Tourists throw in their two cents on the red tide
Tourists throw in their two cents on the red tide

SARASOTA COUNTY – Red tide has hit hard this summer on the Suncoast causing businesses to shut down and make visitors think twice about coming here. Now red tide has weakened its grip on the gulf waters. Siesta Key Beach which normally is packed on a Friday only had some remnants of people on the […]
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Airbnb host wants change in regulations
Airbnb host wants change in regulations

SARASOTA- Sarasota County residents are asking the county commission tonight to take another look at their Airbnb rental regulations because they could be discouraging tourists from coming to the county. Chad Waites started hosting on Airbnb about a year ago, and he says dealing with the county is starting to ruin one of his favorite […]
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NOAA declares dolphin deaths an unusual mortality event
NOAA declares dolphin deaths an unusual mortality event

From recovery to rehabilitation, MOTE Marine has been swamped with red tide impacts. Almost 50 dolphins have been left stranded on Florida shores, since July. The number of dolphin deaths has forced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to declare this an unusual mortality event. “They have to meet criteria in order for that to […]
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Venice City Council votes to discourage use of fertilizers
Venice City Council votes to discourage use of fertilizers

VENICE- Venice City Council is taking action to try and prevent red tide from spreading now and in the future. The Council passed a resolution that will discourage the use of fertilizers year round. City Mayor John Holic says chemicals in fertilizers can run-off into the Gulf of Mexico polluting the water and helping feed […]
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Sharky’s recovering from red tide business loss
Sharky’s recovering from red tide business loss

Off Shore Winds have been keeping the Red Tide smell and dead fish off of the beaches, and are bringing people back to restaurants and businesses on the coast. Lunch crowds are slowly starting to come back to Sharky’s on the pier. “It’s getting better,” Pachota said. “But the last few weeks have been sort […]
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Sarasota County to receive funding for red tide after Governor Scott makes an announcement
Sarasota County to receive funding for red tide after Governor Scott makes an announcement

SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County is on the list after Governor Rick Scott announces Friday funding to assist counties affected by red tide. Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is set to allocate an additional three million dollars to help these communities. The DEP has committed one million dollars to Sarasota County and Manatee County is […]
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Mote staff scientist breaks down ‘brown tide’
Mote staff scientist breaks down ‘brown tide’

SARASOTA- Red tide spreads from Pinellas County to the Florida Bay. Recently many are concerned about a new bloom in the Gulf of Mexico, calling it brown tide. Red tide is an 11 month algae bloom scientists across Florida are still working to understand. Dr. Vince Lovko, Staff Scientist at Mote Marine Lab said, “It’s […]
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Manatee County institutes “Nets for Neighbors” for red tide clean-up
Manatee County institutes “Nets for Neighbors” for red tide clean-up

MANATEE COUNTY – If you are type that doesn’t mind a foul smell, Manatee is looking for volunteers to help clean up the remnants of red tide. With county crews and a private contractor having cleared tons of dead fish and debris caused by the red tide outbreak, Manatee County officials on Monday announced the “Nets […]
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Red tide suddenly strikes dozens of Suncoast seabirds
Red tide suddenly strikes dozens of Suncoast seabirds

SARASOTA- Manatees, turtles, dolphins and more have fallen victim to red tide. But as of Monday, more than 40 birds have also been found impaired. Barren cages and an empty examination room are now overflowing with patients. It’s a head-scratching overnight change for volunteers at Save Our Sea Birds and Audubon Florida. “Red tide has […]
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Manatee County suspends contracted water operations for red tide cleanup
Manatee County suspends contracted water operations for red tide cleanup

MANATEE COUNTY – Manatee County announces Monday suspension of contracted on water operations for red tide cleanup. Manatee County officials say 241 tons of dead fish and other sea life have been cleaned up so far. The county will move into a new phase with increased reliance on the community for assistance. Roll off dumpsters with […]
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Lifeguards continue to patrol beaches during red tide
Lifeguards continue to patrol beaches during red tide

SARASOTA- Red Tide is still heavy out on Lido Beach, and now another health risk, an excess of enterococcus bacteria has led to a no-swim advisory from the health department. But that isn’t stopping Sarasota County Lifeguards from doing their jobs. On a sunny summer day, the only things on Lido Beach are dead fish […]
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‘No Swim’ advisory placed in multiple Sarasota County Beaches
‘No Swim’ advisory placed in multiple Sarasota County Beaches

Sarasota County- A ‘no swim’ advisory has been issued for Sarasota County beaches. Sarasota County health officials placed the no swim advisory as a safety precaution. A recent water quality testing determined the amount of bacteria found at the time was outside acceptable limits. The beaches are still open to the public, but health officials […]
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Red Tide sending more people to the doctor
Red Tide sending more people to the doctor

SARASOTA- The smell of red tide isn’t staying at the beach anymore, and as the Red Tide stench travels farther from the beach so do the respiratory irritants. “It’s a sad situation when patients are having trouble even far from the beach.” Allergist Dr. Roger Danziger said. Red Tide symptoms aren’t limited to those with […]
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Red Tide weighing down on the mind
Red Tide weighing down on the mind

SARASOTA – With no end in sight for the red tide crisis a local psychologist says it can put a damper on the spirits of people. Dr. Eddy Regnier says he can’t escape the sight or the smell and his patients are concerned. . People can’t bare to breathe the air without a mask. He says […]
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More help for red tide is on the way
More help for red tide is on the way

SUNCOAST – The good news is more green is on the way for help with red tide. Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is providing an additional $3 million in grant funding to assist communities impacted by red tide. DEP has already committed $750,000 to Manatee County, nearly $100,000 to Sarasota […]
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Venice City Council holds special red tide meeting
Venice City Council holds special red tide meeting

VENICE- Empty beaches are a stark contrast to a packed Venice Commission chamber as residents hear about city plans to combat red tide. Fed up with the effects of red tide, area residents filled every seat at Venice City Hall Monday demanding answers. Nadine Baker a Venice resident is passionate about finding a solution. “Water is life; […]
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Manatee County begins cleaning private canals affected by red tide
Manatee County begins cleaning private canals affected by red tide

MANATEE COUNTY – “Take pretty big nets like this or even bigger nets and scoop the fish onto the boat and take the fish to the dumpsters,” said Captain Destiny Ibasfalean who is a volunteer fisherman helping the county clean private canals. That scooping cleaning process in Manatee County started Monday. “The contractors been out […]
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Private canals affected by red tide to be cleaned out this week in Manatee County
Private canals affected by red tide to be cleaned out this week in Manatee County

MANATEE COUNTY – “We’re on the move to remove the public health threat, but at the same time there will be fish left behind and other fish might drift in. So residents and Homeowners can contract with homeowners to do that final clean up. I kind of talk about it in terms of vacuum cleaning […]
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Manatee County wants to clean smaller private canals affected by red tide
Manatee County wants to clean smaller private canals affected by red tide

MANATEE COUNTY – “We’re bringing in commercial boats and netters and those who can do large amounts of volume on a day to day basis, but even we can’t guarantee that all the fish that’s collected under the docs, back in the corners, will be collected,” said “Usually we take pretty big nets like this […]
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Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources addresses red tide clean up
Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources addresses red tide clean up

Red Tide has been an ongoing concern on the Suncoast. Residents in Manatee County have been complaining about the dead fish in the canals, so Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources held a meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss the cleanup plans. “The idea is to get in to the canals, the waterways, the channels […]
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Red Tide negative image restoration meeting
Red Tide negative image restoration meeting

A meeting to combat the negative image of Red Tide. “The visuals that folks are seeing online and on social media, isn’t reality. It’s not what we are experiencing here. The birds are flying, there’s fish jumping around, people are out on jet skis, we have folks running and walking on the beach like they […]
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Drop in tourism dollars during red tide crisis
Drop in tourism dollars during red tide crisis

SARASOTA- The extended red tide bloom is keeping tourists away from the beaches and the Suncoast. Tourism and Business leaders met at Mote Marine Lab today to discuss recovery. Visit Sarasota conducts weekly business surveys, and numbers for the first week of August are rough. “We’re up to about a 6% business loss compared to […]
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