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It’s back: Red tide returns to Sarasota, Manatee beaches

Red tide has returned to area beaches after a brief reprieve

Reported by for Herald-Tribune

SARASOTA, FL - Patrons at Sarasota and Manatee County public beaches navigated pockets of red tide to spend Sunday at the beach.

Tia Armstrong was surf side at Lido Beach with her family under a large sun shelter placed high on the beach to avoid the rising tide around 2:30 p.m. She said they’ve been making plans based on the red tide status reports at and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s red tide website.

Read more: Complete coverage of red tide in Southwest Florida

They chose to avoid the beach all summer and fall because of red tide and went camping instead at Alexander Sprints in Altoona and Lithia Springs in Hillsborough County — both have natural freshwater springs for swimming.

Armstrong decided westerly winds that impacted the area Friday and Saturday would be gone by Sunday and planned to take visiting family to the beach. Red tide felt over the weekend was not accompanied by large fish die-offs seen last summer and fall.

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