CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. -- Clearwater Beach has been impacted by the red tide bloom. For weeks, the city had been inviting people on southern beaches experiencing red tide to come to Clearwater Beach, as the bloom had not been detected.
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This weekend, dead fish began to wash onto the beach, a foul odor filled the air and beach goers experienced respiratory irritation.
This comes as Pinellas County is monitoring the bloom at a number of beaches right now, including Madeira Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Indian Shores.
“It’s just unfortunate. I wish it hadn’t come up here or anywhere," said Sharon O'Donnel, a Clearwater resident.
Some beach goers didn't let the sights or smells bother them. They continued to sunbathe and swim. Others headed inland.
Jason Beisel, Public Information Coordinator with the City of Clearwater, has been providing the public with updates on social media.
“You can’t predict really where red tide is going to go or how it’s going to effect your beach. All you can do, and all we can do, is show you the current conditions," said Beisel.
Crews were out all day on Sunday clearing the beach of dead fish as they washed onto shore.
Until the bloom is gone, residents and tourists who don't want to visit the beaches are encouraged to explore the other activities Clearwater has to offer.
“Go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, go indoor surfing at surf style. There’s a number of pools at these hotels and resorts that you can possibly visit. Just, there’s so many other things to do on Clearwater Beach other than just play in the water, enjoy the water, or sunbathe," said Beisel.
There's no telling how long these beaches will feel the effects of red tide, but the Pinellas County Environmental News Facebook Page is updated every day with a beach conditions report.
For more information about the bloom, visit our red tide page.