TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — As most of the beaches in Pinellas County are dealing with impacts from the red tide bloom, there's a beach in Tarpon Springs that's been clear.
- $4 million in grant funding to assist red tide counties
- Clearwater officials pushing tourism despite ongoing red tide isssues
- Clearwater Beach seeing effects of red tide
Fred Howard Park has no signs of red tide. Today, beachgoers took advantage of the perfect conditions.
“There’s no breathing issues. It smells great. It’s normal," said Pat Gascon, a resident who visits the beach often.
“Not too many people know about Fred Howard Park. It’s a little out of the way," said Tanner Littlejohn, who rents out chairs and umbrellas at the beach. He says business has picked up during the last few days.
Also visiting the beach today was the Stinson family. Kelly Stinson says they are vacationing from Atlanta, Georgia and this was the first day they were able to swim at a beach.
They tried visiting beaches south of Tarpon Springs, but they all had dead fish.
"Finally we were able to get into the water. The kids were a little nervous about it at first, but once they got close they were OK," said Stinson.
Fred Howard Park is open daily from 7 a.m to 9 p.m.