CREATED Oct. 24, 2012
NAPLES- Collier County officials say the latest water samples were collected on Monday. Those results are expected back any day now. Last week, Lee and Collier County beaches were littered with dead fish from a red tide bloom.
On Wednesday, Rose Fratarcangeli is squeezing in some beach time with her grandson.
"We were just here the other day and as soon as we got here we started coughing so we just left," said Fratarcangeli.
Rose and her daughter, Julie Fratarcangeli, are visiting from Massachusetts and could not tolerate the red tide.
"I was alittle concerned with my daughter being a newborn that it would cause problems, but she didn't cough. Actually, it was mom and I coughing and the kids were fine," said Julie.
Last week, dead fish littered beaches like Barefoot, Vanderbilt and Bonita Beach. Water results from Friday showed low to high concentrations of red tide were found alongshore from Sarasota County through Northern Collier County.
"A ton of dead fish, every four or 5 feet you'd see dead fish and flies swarming around them so we left," said Julie.
Just a few days later, Vanderbilt beach and the Naples Pier is looking more like paradise. Collier County tells Fox 4 the beaches appear to be clear. Lee County beaches like Bonita Beach is showing no fish kills.
Mote Marine, a Sarasota aquarium and research center, tells me red tide has not been causing problems on Lee County beaches. Mote monitors those beaches and sent an underwater robot to patrol the waters off of Sanibel. The robot did pick up signs of a red tide algae below the surface. Mote will continue to monitor and study the bloom.
New water results are expected back very shortly. Fox 4 will keep you posted.
To monitor the red tide in Collier County you may call the Red Tide Hotline at (239) 252-2591. For a beach conditions report visit: www.mote.org/beaches (941-BEACHES)