The Herald-Tribune reports that visitors piled into the parking lot of Venice Beach, got out of their cars, started hacking, coughing and sneezing and then quickly left.
"We've also had issues for Collier, Charlotte, and Sarasota counties too".
The state wildlife agency says red tide, a type of algae, has been a naturally occuring phenomenon along Florida's Gulf Coast since at least the 1840s and that blooms occur almost every year in the Gulf of Mexico.
"We came for the shark teeth, but we're going to have to move somewhere else", said Sol Whitten, who came from a county north of Tampa with his wife, six grandchildren and his daughter-in-law.
Now red tide is causing additional wildlife to wash up on beach shores and begin rotting. These samples are analyzed for detection and enumeration of Karenia brevis-the species responsible for Florida red tide-along with water quality parameters, phytoplankton community composition, and red tide toxins, officials said. "It's our entire south Florida coastline with the red tide and then with the blue-green algae on the rivers and canals".
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It's so bad that Lee County commissioners declared a local state of emergency and need funding to remove the massive amounts of dead fish.
For people with severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as emphysema or asthma, red tide can cause serious illness.
Red tide blooms produce toxic chemicals that can affect both marine organisms and humans.
High concentrations of toxic algae, known as blooms, have affected at least 120 miles of the peninsula's Gulf of Mexico coast since November 2017.