Pass-a-Grille Beach and the Red Tide Epidemic
One of my favorite Florida beaches is Pass-a-Grille beach in St. Petersburg! It is not a far drive from where I live and is a little hidden gem. I went a few weekends ago and the weather and the beach itself was beautiful. The water is extremely warm in the Gulf of Mexico, the expression “it is like bathwater,” is not an exaggeration. For how beautiful the weather was there, the weather everywhere else has been insane. This was right before hurricane Florence hit. The hurricane ran right up the other side of the coast, and right before Red Tide encroached into the Tampa and Clearwater areas. It is wild to me how I could be so close to all of this chaos, yet my perfect beach day could go uninterrupted, which is kind of heartbreaking.
On this not so busy Sunday I was relaxing, conjuring up a nice sunburn, and living my beachy girl dream. Sadly, not even a few cities up the coast, Sarasota and Clearwater beaches were experiencing Red Tide. For those of you who do not know what Red Tide is, it is a discoloration in the water during a specific time in the year because of a special bloom of toxic red dinoflagellates. A dinoflagellate is an organism in the water that can be seen in plankton, that during blooming produce toxins in shellfish and plankton that poison anything that engulfs it. This causes many different sea species to perish and die because of it. These animals then get washed ashore causing foul odors and an overload of dead animals on our beaches.
I wanted to bring this up because it is super important if you live in affected areas to bring in small children and pets during this season, because this commonly causes respiratory issues in young children, animals, and the elderly. Also touching and or eating sea animals affected by the Red Tide can cause sickness as well. In general, it is best to avoid the beaches as it makes its way along the coast and hopefully it won’t last long.
It luckily was not present when we were in St. Petersburg, regardless, I advise avoiding beaches in these areas for the time being, I know I will be from here on out!
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-Good Vibes and Adventure