Some Palm Beach County Beaches to Remain Closed Due to Red Tide

In an abundance of caution, Palm Beach County beaches from Kruesler Park in Lake Worth north to the Martin County line will remain closed. Lifeguards and staff at these locations are reporting continued irritation. There are no reports of fish kills or effects from contact with the water. Parking lots, picnic areas, and pavilions not on the beach will be continue to be open.

Image courtesy of Friends of Palm Beach

A forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that conditions could remain in the medium range through Friday in Palm Beach County. The forecast suggests that the medium concentration of Red Tide can affect those with chronic respiratory issues and can cause mild symptoms to everyone else.

Other closures could be announced based on the changing nature of the situation. Palm Beach County’s administration remains in constant contact with staff, Florida Health and Fish and Wildlife regarding the Red Tide conditions.

According to samples taken Sunday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Karenia Brevis organism, which is the species that causes most red tides in Florida, is present within the coastal waters of Palm Beach County.

Some people experience respiratory irritation (coughing, sneezing, tearing and an itchy throat) when the Florida red tide organism is present and winds blow onshore. The Florida Department of Health advises people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, to avoid red tide areas.

For more information on Red Tide and conditions around the state, follow this link to the FWC website: http://myfwc.com/research/redtide/.