Pinellas County water quality testing on Wednesday showed that red tide is continuing to move north and conditions have improved along most of the coast. All test locations south of Clearwater had low to very low concentrations of K brevis. Clearwater Beach, Honeymoon Island State Park and Fred Howard Park all had medium concentrations.
County staff made the following observations during a helicopter flight on Tuesday provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office:
- Tampa Bay had multiple blooms throughout.
- There was visible water discoloration about 50 to 100 feet off the shoreline from the Redington beaches to Belleair.
- The water off Clearwater Beach was slightly discolored, but has improved from previous flights. The discoloration continued north to Anclote Key and back south to the Intracoastal Waterway in Clearwater.
- The Intracoastal Waterway from Clearwater to Madeira Beach has some spotty blooms and discolored streaking, mostly along the eastern side.
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