ENGLEWOOD — From most reports, Friday proved a relatively good day for beachgoers.
“If you can see out there, there’s a rainbow (offshore in the Gulf),” Mark Timchula said in his daily video report from Englewood Beach. Timchula is better known as the “Beach Guy” for his beach umbrella and chair rentals.
But that doesn’t mean caution can be thrown to the wind.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission collected Gulf water samples Wednesday about 3.4 miles off Stump Pass Beach at the southern tip of Manasota Key. The samples turned up very high concentrations of red tide.
A second sample closer to shore revealed medium concentrations.
When red tide concentrations exceed 100,000 cells per liter of water, people can suffer from coughing, itchy throats and other respiratory ailments. High concentrations can also trigger fish kills.
Mote Marine Laboratory reported Friday afternoon how some jellyfish were spotted in the water at Manasota Beach. Manasota and other local public beaches appeared to be free of red tide and signs of jellyfish.