Florida’s Red Tide Impacts Campgrounds, Tourism

Florida’s Red Tide Impacts Campgrounds, Tourism

A dead snook lies across the shoreline in Bradenton Beach, Fla. (Photo by Chris O’Meara)

Southern Florida’s “red tide,” a occurring problem due to the bloom of toxic algae naturally, is impacting RV campgrounds and parks as a large number of dead fish continue steadily to wash through to local beaches.

Red Tide could cause illnesses, such as for example respiratory skin and problems conditions, and the smell of dead fish is forcing many in the certain area to wear breathing masks, in accordance with local park owners.

At the San Carlos RV Park and Islands in Fort Meyers Beach, Fla., Park Manager Alisa Rogers told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, that the park has already established near two dozen cancellations and she expects more ahead as “red tide” continues to kill sea life in the certain area.

“I’m 40 and also have lived my life and also have never seen anything such as this here,” she said. “The owners of the park have already been since 1978 and also have never seen anything such as this either here. No-one has. “

Located on Hurricane Bay, Of year rogers said that the 142-site park is normally booked solid this time around, but quality of air issues as a result of large amount of dead sea life that has washed up at their marina is turning campers away.

“The smell is horrible, and folks are wearing masks if they go outside,” she explained. “The complete situation is heartbreaking.”

The current red tide were only available in October 2017, rendering it the longest outbreak since 2006. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared circumstances of emergency for seven counties on Tuesday (Aug. 15) — Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Pinellas and hillsborough — which are most suffering from the red tide. 

According to AL.com, Florida is pledging $100,000 to invest in recovery work by Mote Marine Laboratory and $500,000 to determine a crisis grant program to aid tourist communities.

Dead fish lie across the shore in Captiva (Shutterstock photo)

Another $900,000 will head to Lee County to completely clean up the hard-hit area. Hawaii is pledging additional marine scientists and biologists to aid with cleanup and animal rescue efforts.

Rogers noted that Florida has experienced red tides during the past, but they usually do not kill off fish just like the current outbreak usually.

“That one isn’t being due to a very important factor,” she noted. “There are always a true amount of environmental conditions that have made that one worse, including pollution of waterways in the certain area.”

North of Fort Meyers Beach on Pine Island, Kristia Carver, general manager of the Tropic Isle Travel Resort, said her park has been influenced by dead fish, but that generally the red tide have not affected her resort around at other parks.

“We haven’t yet had any cancellations, but if things don’t get much better we might be seeing some can be found in,” she explained.

Carver noted that the 146-site park is well known because of its fishing area, but fishing has been suspended because of all of the dead fish currently.

“I’ve seen anything such as this never,” she said. “I’m keeping my finger’s crossed and hoping this clears up soon here.”

Rita Johnson, manager of 155-site Tropical Garden RV Park in Bradenton, said the campground hasn’t felt the consequences of the red tide. “Yesterday and i didn&rsquo i was at Bradenton Beach;t see anything. Individuals were swimming and I didn’t see any dead fish. It’of year s always slow this time around, but our attendance hasn’t been affected.”

At Fort Meyers Beach, several miles inland sits Gulf Waters RV Resort, a 319-site park that suits long-term campers and will be offering ownership on some sites even. General Manger Kelly Latham said that she’s received some cancellations, but that the park has only been impacted given that they don’t have any beachfront slightly.

“Obviously, if folks are coming down to invest time at the beach than they’re likely to cancel,” she said.

Latham said she actually is worried about the impact this can have on the tourism industry in your community for years ahead.

“That is as bad being an oil spill,” she noted. “This can impact marine life for a long time as the parents and young fish are dying off. This can have a significant effect on the economy in this certain area for quite a while.”

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