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People walk along an empty beach near the Naples Pier on September 7, 2018 in Naples.

You know the smell. It’s awful. The financial hit Florida businesses took a couple years ago was big. We tend to forget about it since coronavirus has been such a big part of our lives. But the odor and seeing dead fish along our shores was awful in 2018. I was walking in Clearwater last week when I thought I smelled that smell. But I thought it was just my imagination since red tide hasn’t really been in the news.

MyFWC.com reports that the red tide organism was found in 34 samples this past week in Florida. There were bloom concentrations in Charlotte and Lee County. Very low concentrations were found in Sarasota County in one sample. If you ever want to get an update on red tide, you can call 866-300-9399 to get a recording on conditions all over Florida. The info is usually updated on Fridays.

Scientists are trying to figure out how to predict when red tide problems are going to pop up and how long they’ll last. In this report above, they say it’s a lot like weather forecasting right now – they are able to analyze red tide blooms in the short-term. Their hope is that they’ll be able to see things coming further away to help businesses and the state prepare.

PHOTOS: Bad Red Tide Memories from 2018

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