Is red tide still impacting beaches in Sarasota, Manatee?

A file photo of Bean Point, located on the north end of Anna Maria Island.

Beachgoers in Sarasota and Manatee counties have enjoyed a reprieve from red tide in recent weeks, but a new advisory indicates that red tide could still impact local beaches.

The Florida Department of Health and Human Services in Sarasota County issued an advisory that elevated levels of red tide has been detected once again near popular tourism hotspots, including Bird Key, the Ringling Causeway, North Lido, Lido Casino, South Lido, and Siesta Key beaches.

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A massive red tide bloom has lingered just offshore from much of Southwest Florida since late October. Conditions began to show significant signs of significant improvement offshore from Sarasota and Manatee about two weeks ago.

But the DOH-Sarasota advisory and a limited amount of samples published by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner this week show that red tide could be creeping back into local waters.

The most recent samples published by FWC show that medium levels of red tide were found off the coast from Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, and low levels were found near some Sarasota beaches on Monday.

Local beach conditions: Mote Marine beach conditions report

Respiratory irritation forecast:

The department cautioned that visitors could experience "short-lived" respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation. Some individuals with breathing problems, such as asthma, might experience more severe effects. The department also cautions the public not to swim around dead fish.

There is a moderate risk of respiratory irritation in Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, and Pinellas counties over the course of 36 hours, according to a forecast by the National Centers for Coastal and Ocean Science issued Thursday at 9 a.m. Red tide is also present at concentrations high enough to affect Sarasota and Collier counties.

Visit for the most up-to-date forecast information for local beaches. Forecasts for this weekend are not yet available. Current beach condition updates are also available at

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Sarasota, Manatee red tide conditions could be affected by storms