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Dead fish from red tide now showing up as far north as Holmes Beach in Bradenton

Dead fish showing up on local beaches
Posted at 3:05 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-07 18:43:10-04

HOLMES BEACH, Fla. — Red tide continues to impact beaches in the southern portion of the Tampa Bay area. The impacts can be felt as far north as Holmes Beach in Manatee County.

Tuesday morning, Holmes Beach Police are staging a massive cleanup effort.

Police also put out an urgent message about dumpsters placed around beach access areas.

“It’s nerve-wracking cause you don’t how long it’s going to last, red tide is unpredictable, you have no clue how long it will last,” said Captain Kathe Fannon.

Fannon said she is starting to see hundreds in the fish in the water during her charter tours. She also has vacationers inquiring about canceling their trips.

ABC Action News meteorologist Greg Dee said red tide is unpredictable.

Red Tide advisory impacting Tampa Bay area beaches

“There’s no real way to know how far north the red tide is going to go, it all depends on local ocean currents and wind,” said Dee.

For that reason people living near Indian Rocks Beach should continue to watch the red tide forecasts.

"It probably will impact tourism," Marieke Celis said.

Celis owns the French Table restaurant on Bradenton Beach. She has operated the business with her daughter and husband for the past two years. Surrounded by dead and rotting fish, Celis, like everyone, is trying to make the best of a bad situation.

"It’s sad for the island for nature and the paradise this island is," Celis said. "We are open and ready for business. We are open six days a week. We still have tourists coming in. People coming to the island. Locals coming to eat. For now, the restaurant and the island is doing good."

The next FWC forecast will be released on Wednesday.

Click here for the latest update from FWC

Click here for the Mote Marine interactive red tide map

Click here for the latest updates on elevated bacteria levels