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Unread 10-20-2019, 12:15 PM   #4
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Yeah, Connie and I haven't stayed on Sanibel for a couple of years now because of the red tide problem. But honestly, even without red tide, the water there has always smelled a bit off to me. Probably from the runoff coming out of the Caloosahatchee River and the fact that there is so much mangrove swamp area all around the place on the bay side. Not really bad enough to stop me from snorkeling, but not the usual salty sea smell you might expect.

One year we went to Englewood right around this time of year, and we didn't realize that red tide was in full swing. Of course, no one at the motel told us about it. Couldn't spend much time walking the beach because our eyes were stinging so badly. Nowadays if you are planning a trip to any of the Gulf areas, it would be wise to check on the status of red tide there.

https://myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/
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