The "Red Tide" is a natural occurrence about this time every year but has been exceptionally bad this year due to the unusually heavy rains and (reportedly) consequent run-off that have carried naturally occurring phosphates and artificial fertilizer run-off into the water
in far greater concentrations than usual. The stuff has endured as the winds have continued out of the southwest which is, itself, unusual but accounts, in part, for the constant rains. The aerosols have reached very high concentrations all along the coast and extending inland, in some places, for several miles. Friends of ours on Longboat Key have quit the place and other friends further south, inland in Charlotte Harbor
, are preparing to do so as well. Our daughter is the Activities Director at a Resort in Naples that is normally jammed at this time of year but has been all but abandoned by visitors in the last few weeks. The fish
kills have been stupefying, to say nothing of the loss of dolphins
, manatees and turtles; and the stench of decaying remains pervasive. Hazarding a guess I suspect the situation will continue for another month or two, until the season changes.