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Marina Jack employees remove dead fish from iconic Bayfront in Sarasota

Latest red tide update shows slight relief
Posted at 9:50 PM, Aug 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-24 23:17:11-04

SARASOTA, Fla. — Crews continue to remove dead fish from the iconic Bayfront in Sarasota. 

Bayfront Park next to Marina Jack is usually crowded with locals and tourists. 

Joya Nogard went for a walk in the park despite the slight smell of red tide. 

"This is such a nice place to enjoy and they are not here, you see a few people riding around. It's awful, the smell is there sometimes," said Joya Nogard, Sarasota resident.

Photos from Tuesday show a significant fish kill along Bayfront Park. 

"I’ve never seen it this long. I'm used to red tide off and on, but this has been a persistent thing. It's a sad situation," said Gary Salyers, Sarasota resident.

On Friday, the crew with Marina Jack worked to keep the shoreline clean. They collected the remainder of dead fish. 

"Monday and Tuesday was probably the pinnacle of this week then you don’t see anything for a few days. It's been a challenge to respond to it when it does happen," said Vice President of Marina Jack, Tom Delong. 

Delong said business has slightly declined because of the red tide, but this time of the year is typically slower. Snowbirds won't return until the fall. 

"The waterfront in our region is beautiful. Come down and visit the shops. Visit Main Street, go downtown," said Delong.

FWC released its latest red tide report on Friday. A bloom of the Florida red tide organism was observed at background to medium concentrations in Pinellas County, very low to high concentrations in Manatee County and background to high concentrations in Sarasota County.