Red Tide Plaguing West Coast Beaches

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A Red Tide bloom is slowly moving up
the west coast, causing dead fish to wash ashore on area beaches.

Residents are also complaining of throat problems and sinus
infections because of it.

A Red Tide bloom has affected Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties for weeks. On Friday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute reported that the organism had reached Pinellas waters.

The Red Tide organism is a single-celled, toxin-producing plant
that can swim. It can kill sea life and cause breathing problems in

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