Red Tide Levels Increase In Pinellas County 

Posted: 3:33 am Thursday, August 30th, 2018

By Ann Kelly


Red tide is on the rise in Pinellas County. The most recent report from the FWC has a large concentration some ten miles offshore of Pinellas, but south of the Bay area levels are decreasing.  But yet another event canceled thanks to the impact of red tide. The Sarasota Sailing Club’s 72-year traditional Labor Day Regatta won’t happen this year and it’s a first.


Two pygmy whales were found beached and in distress on Sand Key Thursday. Crews from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Clearwater Fire and Rescue worked together to rescue the two who were taken to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium in Sarasota for treatment.


There hasn’t been a single case of measles reported in Pinellas County in 20 years. Now seven have been reported, all from unvaccinated individuals. The Pinellas County Department of Health said those seven are no longer contagious but do not know if anyone else has contracted measles from them.


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Shane Hale’s dog went overboard during weekend storms Saturday near Venice, but he has his beloved pet back. Harley was wearing a life jacket and was tethered. Harley did make it shore and was found on beach. He has a touch of pneumonia but should be fine.



A team of truckers helped save a suicidal man in Orlando Tuesday. They lined up under the overpass on a portion of the Florida Turnpike near Kirkman Road. FHP did manage to talk him safely down. If you do need help please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.



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