ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Red tide is really ramping up in the Tampa Bay Area, particularly in St. Petersburg.
Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin said Friday that 25,000 dead fish have now been collected, 15,000 in the past 24 hours.
— Dr. Kanika Tomalin (@StPeteTomalin) July 9, 2021
She also urged citizens to please be patient as dedicated servant leaders work to clean the waterways.
Mayor Rick Kriseman said the city is requesting more help.
Action Air 1 flew over parts of St. Petersburg and from above we found giant clusters of dead fish littering the water, some very close to homes.
Pinellas County said a Thursday flight showed patchy areas along the Gulf Coast and in Boca Ciega Bay, while satellite images show a red tide bloom along St. Petersburg’s coastline and within Boca Ciega Bay.
The county said water quality testing Thursday showed high levels of red tide at Treasure Island and Pass-a-Grille; medium levels of red tide at For DeSoto, Clearwater Beach, Sand Key, Indian Rocks and Madeira Beach; and very low levels at Fred Howard Park and Honeymoon Island. However, no beaches are closed right now and the county said the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County hasn’t issued any beach warning.
Hillsborough County officials announced on Friday the closure of the beach areas at two parks.
The beach areas at the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve and E.G. Simmons Conservation Park will be closed until further notice because of public health concerns related to red tide. The remainder of the parks will remain open with the exception of the hiking trail at Apollo Beach. County officials will work to remove the dead fish.