Red Tide Throughout Panhandle

By: AP
By: AP

A red tide outbreak that began last month in southwest Florida has made its way completely across the state's Gulf Coast to the western end of the Panhandle.

Fish kills and respiratory problems for humans, both telltale signs of the toxic algae, were reported over the weekend at this barrier island community.

Pensacola Beach water safety supervisor David Greenwood said he felt the effects when he waded into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

"It's just this persistent cough, but when it gets in your eyes, it's so much worse," Greenwood said.

It is the first significant red tide outbreak in the Pensacola area since 1998, said Shelley Alexander, aquatic preserve manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

She said testing will continue this week to monitor the bloom.


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