Red tide continues to affect Palm Beach County Beaches

Palm Beach County beaches that are open include Phil Foster Park, Peanut Island and Ocean Ridge Hammock. In an abundance of caution, many Palm Beach County beaches remain closed. Lifeguards and staff at the closed locations are reporting continued irritation. Parking lots, picnic areas, and pavilions not on the beach will continue to be open.

Image courtesy of Friends of Palm Beach

There have been reports of limited fish kills on some beaches and cleanup efforts have already started. PBC Environmental Resources Management (ERM), along with Parks and Recreation, will work with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to coordinate cleanup as quickly as possible. Due to turtle nesting season, cleanup needs to be approved by DEP.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has established a fish kill hotline. Residents are asked to call 800-636-0511 to report fish kills, diseased fish, or fish with other abnormalities. Leave a detailed report and contact information on the recorded message. A biologist will contact the caller, usually the following workday, if more information is needed.

ERM is working with FWC and Loxahatchee River District to collect and test samples from several locations. These samples will allow the county to respond to the changing conditions caused by the Red Tide.

A forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts that conditions could remain in the moderate 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.

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