Red Tide Present in the Gulf

December 28, 2022

Health Alert for Sarasota County:

The Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County (DOH-Sarasota) is notifying the public of elevated levels of red tide detected at area beaches.

Some people may have mild and short-lived respiratory symptoms such as eye, nose, and throat irritation like those associated with the common cold or seasonal sinus allergies. Some individuals with existing breathing problems, such as asthma, might experience more severe effects.

Usually, symptoms stop when a person leaves the beach or goes indoors. Health officials recommend that people who are sensitive to red tide or experiencing symptoms avoid the beach or go into an air-conditioned space.

If symptoms do not subside, contact your healthcare provider for evaluation.

Due to elevated counts of red tide from Monday's beach water samples, DOH-Sarasota will be posting signage at several beaches to advise the public that red tide is present.

**Beaches with elevated levels of red tide include all of Sarasota County beaches with exception of Longboat Key and Bird Key Park.**

The Department makes the following recommendations:

· Do not swim around dead fish.

· If you have chronic respiratory problems, consider staying away from the beach as red tide can affect your breathing.

· Do not harvest or eat molluscan shellfish and distressed or dead fish. If fish are healthy, rinse fillets with tap or bottled water and throw out the guts.

· Keep pets and livestock away from water, sea foam, and dead sea life.

· Residents living in beach areas who experience respiratory symptoms are advised to close windows and run the air conditioner (ensuring that the A/C filter is maintained according to the manufacturer's specifications).

· If outdoors, residents may choose to wear paper filter masks, especially if onshore winds are blowing.

Florida Poison Control Centers have a toll-free 24/7 Hotline for reporting illnesses, including health effects from exposure to red tide at 1-888-222-1222.

For more information about red tide please see the following websites:

• DOH Sarasota weekly sample results are posted at

• FWC is doing twice weekly updates on red tide for the state at, including a sampling map that is updated daily.

• Current beach conditions can be checked at Mote Marine's website,

• NOAA has a Gulf of Mexico HAB forecast (updated twice weekly while the bloom persists) that can be found at

Prescribed Burn at Urfer Family Park - 2/3/2023

February 1, 2023

Sarasota County staff will be conducting a prescribed burn for training purposes at Urfer Family Park on Friday afternoon, 2/3/2023.

For inquiries, please contact:

Jay Bailey | 941-266-7992

Osprey Library (Saturday CLOSURES)

January 30, 2023

The Osprey Library will be closed on Saturday, February 4th and Saturday, February 18th for facility maintenance. HVAC work will be conducted.

Sunrise Beach Walks

January 20, 2023

Beginning February 2023, our Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources team will be hosting weekly, self-guided beach walks along Sarasota County's most beautiful beaches. Occurring weekly (3 days a week), during the months of February and March 2023 from 8:00am - 9:30am.

* Tuesdays - Lido Beach (2201 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236)

* Wednesdays - Siesta Beach (948 Beach Road, Sarasota, FL 34242)

* Thursdays - Nokomis Beach (100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275)

Additional Information:

This will be a 1 mile walk. With a $5 one-time registration fee. Credit cards only. Complete four walks and earn a custom event shirt. Participators must check in at arrival.

- Lido Beach - Check in at playground

- Siesta Beach - Check in at main pavilion

- Nokomis Beach - Check in at plaza community room

Say I Do, Again!

January 6, 2023

Looking to renew your vows on a Suncoast beach? Now you can! This wedding vow renewal service will be hosted at both our Siesta and Nokomis beaches on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. (Non-denominational ceremony starts promptly at 6pm)

This will also include: Music and photo opportunities. Flowers, commemorative certificate, and a small gift for each couple; along with light refreshments.

$15 per couple – pre-register by February 7, 2023 by calling 311 or visit

$25 per couple - day of event. (Credit card only)

- Free parking -

Locations: - Siesta Beach - 948 Beach Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242 and - Nokomis Beach - 100 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275

ADA Accommodations: The regular 5 beach wheelchairs will be available at Siesta Beach and 1 at Nokomis Beach.

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