Updated: Sat Jul-21-18 09:12am UTC
Effective: Sat Jul-21-18 09:12am UTC
Expires: Mon Jul-23-18 02:00am UTC
Areas affected: Coastal Charlotte; Coastal Sarasota
Instructions: Florida red tide observations...you can find unaffected beaches
by checking reports of recent local observations and data: mote
marine laboratory daily beach conditions at
https://visitbeaches.org and the florida fish and wildlife
conservation commission (fwc) red tide status at
Florida red tide health information...consult the florida
department of health at: www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-
health/aquatic-toxins/red- tide.html or call the poison control
center at: 1 800 222 1222.
Inclusion of external links does not constitute endorsement by
the department of commerce (doc)/(noaa) of these external web
sites or the information, products, or services contained
Florida red tide information sources...red tide forecasts are
provided by the national ocean service with data provided by the
fwc and mote marine laboratory.
Rip currents are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away
from shore...which occur most often at low spots or breaks in the
sandbar and in the vicinity of structures such as groins...
Jetties and piers. For maximum safety...swim near a lifeguard.
Pay attention to flags and signs.
If you become caught in a rip current...yell for help. Remain
calm...do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for
help. If you have to swim out of a rip current...swim parallel to
shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to
swim directly against a rip current as you will tire quickly.