Oct. 4: Red Tide Updates

Date:                                                                           October 4, 2018 

Contact:                                                                      Lisa De La Rionda

           Public Affairs



County Managed Beaches to Reopen Friday


Palm Beach County beaches will open Friday with regularly scheduled Ocean Rescue services after being closed due environmental conditions associated with Red Tide in coastal waters. New signage is in place advising beachgoers of the possible effects of Red Tide. County beaches will fly one red and one purple flag. This represents hazardous conditions and presence of dangerous marine life.


Any beaches that had been affected by the limited fish kills have been cleaned and Parks & Recreation staff will be on the beaches early Friday to ensure any additional fish are removed. There have been no reports of major fish kills at any county managed beach. 


ERM continues to collect water samples and has sent those samples to the state to be analyzed. ERM will continue to monitor at least weekly and coordinate analysis with the State. Some results from water testing are expected Friday.


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


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


County Managed Beaches


Carlin Park, Jupiter                                          Coral Cove Park, Tequesta

DuBois Park, Jupiter                                        Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream

Juno Beach Park, Juno Beach                       Jupiter Beach Park, Jupiter

Loggerhead Park, Juno Beach                      Ocean Cay Park, Jupiter

Ocean Inlet Park, Ocean Ridge                    Ocean Reef Park, Riviera Beach

Ocean Ridge Hammock Park                        Peanut Island Park, Riviera Beach

Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach                    R. G. Kreusler Park, Palm Beach

South Inlet Park, Boca Raton



Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park Closure Update:

The Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park remains closed tonight (Wednesday, October 4) and will reopen tomorrowFriday, October 5.  Signage will advise visitors that the red tide is affecting coastal areas.


BOCA RATON, FL – October 4, 2018, 4:00 PM  - On Tuesday, October 2, the City of Boca Raton sent water samples to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) for testing of Karenia Brevis, the algae associated with Red Tide. The test results received today have confirmed low levels of the Karenia Brevis algae at City locations. Results less than 100,000 organisms/liter are considered to be in the low range. The counts from Boca Raton’s two samples averaged about 18,000 organisms/liter. The presence of Karenia Brevis can cause possible respiratory irritation and fish kills.
City beaches remain open, but Ocean Rescue teams will continue to fly the red high hazard flag and the purple sea pest flags. Residents and visitors should heed all warnings at City beaches, and those with severe or chronic respiratory conditions should avoid red tide areas. City staff will continue to monitor the situation closely and take appropriate actions as warranted



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