Red Tide continues hitting Southwest Florida

Reporter: Michelle Alvarez Writer: Paul Dolan
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An abundance of Red Tide is popping up along the Gulf Coast spanning all the way from Charlotte to Collier County.

There are medium to high concentrations in almost every part of Southwest Florida. And because of the Red Tide, dead fish are washing up on the shores.

Red Tide becomes more noticeable the closer you get to the gulf shore waters. It can cause people to cough but that happens intermittently.

Sign talking about Red Tide at the beach. CREDIT: WINK News

WINK News spoke with Debbie Lansing visiting from Indiana and Elizabeth Pittman visiting from Boca Raton about how the Red Tide was affecting them while visiting the beach.

“Your eyes… I mean sometimes it hits your eyes. I drove home one time and I couldn’t even see; it was awful. But this time just a little bit of a cough,” Lansing said.

“I’m fine with having a little cough here and there… it’s still worth being out. We can handle that,” Pittman said.

A lot of people WINK News met on the beach are used to dealing with Red Tide. They said some days are worse than others but the beauty of this beach is constant and that’s what keeps them coming back.

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